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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 ?
Her thus turning her back on me was fortunately not, for my just preoccupations, a snub that could check the growth of our mutual esteem.
And I showed him an example, and sat down myself in my customary seat and with as fair an imitation of my ordinary manner to a patient, as the lateness of the hour, the nature of my preoccupations, and the horror I had of my visitor, would suffer me to muster.
Upon my word that is true," said Porthos; "but how can you suppose, my dear friend, that in the midst of his great preoccupations General Cromwell has had time to think "
As he was speaking thus, entirely occupied with his ciphers, and thinking no more of his gout, repelled by a preoccupation which, with the cardinal, was the most powerful of all preoccupations, Bernouin rushed into the chamber, quite in a fright.
I prayed, as I walked back along the gray, lonely road, that my friend might soon be freed from his preoccupations and able to come down to take this heavy burden of responsibility from my shoulders.
The whole chamber, moreover, presented a general aspect of abandonment and dilapidation; and the bad state of the utensils induced the supposition that their owner had long been distracted from his labors by other preoccupations.
He had found it interesting in spite of grave preoccupations.
But the very difficulties and preoccupations of the journey, which she took so actively in hand, saved her for a while from her grief and gave her strength.
For in the first hour of meeting you, I had an impression of your eminent and perhaps exclusive fitness to supply that need (connected, I may say, with such activity of the affections as even the preoccupations of a work too special to be abdicated could not uninterruptedly dissimulate); and each succeeding opportunity for observation has given the impression an added depth by convincing me more emphatically of that fitness which I had preconceived, and thus evoking more decisively those affections to which I have but now referred.
So, my preoccupations were all in favor of the Lake School, and it was both in my will and my conscience to like Wordsworth.
To go on foot and not get muddied, to save his clothes, and allow for the time he may lose in standing under shelter during a shower, are the preoccupations of his mind.
Moss, more alive to the subject, and interested in everything that affected her brother, listened and put in a word as often as maternal preoccupations allowed.