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Definition of preoccupation noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] preoccupation (with something) a state of thinking about something continuously; something that you think about frequently or for a long time synonym obsession She found his preoccupation with money irritating. His current preoccupation is the hiring of a new manager.
  2. 2[uncountable] a mood created by thinking or worrying about something and ignoring everything else She spoke slowly, in a state of preoccupation.
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