preoccupation


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pre·oc·cu·pa·tion

 (prē-ŏk′yə-pā′shən)
n.
1. The state of being preoccupied; absorption of the attention or intellect.
2. Something that preoccupies or engrosses the mind: Money was their chief preoccupation.

preoccupation

(priːˌɒkjʊˈpeɪʃən) or

preoccupancy

n
1. the state of being preoccupied, esp mentally
2. something that holds the attention or preoccupies the mind

pre•oc•cu•pa•tion

(priˌɒk yəˈpeɪ ʃən, ˌpri ɒk-)

n.
1. the state of being preoccupied.
2. an act of preoccupying.
[1530–40; < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.preoccupation - an idea that preoccupies the mind and holds the attention
fixation, obsession - an unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone
hang-up - an emotional preoccupation
hobbyhorse - a topic to which one constantly reverts; "don't get him started on his hobbyhorse"
idea, thought - the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never entered my mind"
self-absorption - preoccupation with yourself to the exclusion of everything else
2.preoccupation - the mental state of being preoccupied by somethingpreoccupation - the mental state of being preoccupied by something
cognitive state, state of mind - the state of a person's cognitive processes
abstractedness, abstraction - preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else
absentmindedness - preoccupation so great that the ordinary demands on attention are ignored
3.preoccupation - the act of taking occupancy before someone else does
moving in, occupancy, occupation - the act of occupying or taking possession of a building; "occupation of a building without a certificate of occupancy is illegal"

preoccupation

noun
1. obsession, concern, hang-up (informal), fixation, pet subject, hobbyhorse, idée fixe (French), bee in your bonnet Her main preoccupation from an early age was boys.

preoccupation

noun
Total occupation of the attention or of the mind:
Translations
إنْشِغال البال
zaujetí
optagethed
belefeledkezés
òaî sem e-r er upptekinn af
aklını takmatakıntıtasa

preoccupation

[priːˌɒkjʊˈpeɪʃən] Npreocupación f
keeping warm was his main preoccupationsu principal preocupación or lo que más le preocupaba era no pasar frío
she was too busy with her own preoccupations to noticeestaba demasiado ensimismada en sus cosas para darse cuenta
his incessant preoccupation with his appearancesu constante obsesión or preocupación por el aspecto

preoccupation

[priˌɒkjʊˈpeɪʃən] npréoccupation f
let me explain my preoccupation with this → laissez-moi vous expliquer pourquoi cela me préoccupe

preoccupation

n his face had a look of preoccupationseinem Gesicht sah man an, dass ihn etwas beschäftigte; her preoccupation with her appearanceihre ständige Sorge um ihr Äußeres; her preoccupation with making money was such that …sie war so sehr mit dem Geldverdienen beschäftigt, dass …; that was his main preoccupationdas war sein Hauptanliegen

preoccupation

[priːˌɒkjʊˈpeɪʃn] npreoccupazione f
his preoccupation with death → la sua ossessione della morte

preoccupy

(priˈokjupai) verb
to engage or occupy (a person's mind etc) or the attention of (someone) completely. His mind was preoccupied with plans for his holiday.
preˌoccuˈpation noun

preoccupation

n. preocupación; absorción de la atención.
References in classic literature ?
In the irritation and disgust of her walk hither, she had never noticed the situation of the cabin, as it nestled on the slope at the fringe of the woods; in the preoccupation of her disappointment and the mechanical putting away of her things, she had never looked once from the window of her room, or glanced backward out of the door that she had entered.
His face and manner plainly expressed anxiety and preoccupation of mind.
This strangely novel situation of opening his trouble to his Raveloe neighbours, of sitting in the warmth of a hearth not his own, and feeling the presence of faces and voices which were his nearest promise of help, had doubtless its influence on Marner, in spite of his passionate preoccupation with his loss.
Raoul went on making this strange sort of remarks which corresponded so intimately and logically with the preoccupation of his brain and which, at the same time, tended to persuade many people that his mind was unhinged.
The other followed him, and here they fought, occasionally abandoning their duel to pursue and recapture the girl who took every advantage of her captors' preoccupation in battle to break away in attempted escape; but always they overtook her, and first one and then the other possessed her as they struggled to tear one another to pieces for the prize.
Even my preoccupation about the Time Machine receded a little from my mind.
Curiosity prevailed over prudence; and profiting by the preoccupation into which the sight of the handkerchief appeared to have plunged the two personages now on the scene, he stole from his hiding place, and quick as lightning, but stepping with utmost caution, he ran and placed himself close to the angle of the wall, from which his eye could pierce the interior of Aramis's room.
All the bodily fatigue of the day, all the preoccupation of mind which the events of the evening had brought on, disappeared as they do at the first approach of sleep, when we are still sufficiently conscious to be aware of the coming of slumber.
That cry was of such importance as to overcome all preoccupation.
It involves sordid preoccupation, endless industry, continual wrong.
Irwine's hand was on it, but the changed glance he cast on Adam could not be owing entirely to preoccupation with some disagreeable business, for he was looking eagerly towards the door, as if Adam's entrance were a matter of poignant anxiety to him.
Somehow I seem to be afraid of any SERIOUS book--afraid of permitting any SERIOUS preoccupation to break the spell of the passing moment.