A preoccupation is something that occupies your thoughts to the point where you don't have time for anything else. You can have several preoccupations at the same time, and they can all be related to the same thing.

  • He has many preoccupations, including working and spending time with his friends.

  • She has a preoccupation with her weight, and she is always thinking about how to lose weight.

Definition of preoccupations


the act of taking occupancy before someone else does




the mental state of being preoccupied by something


absorption, engrossment, preoccupancy


an idea that preoccupies the mind and holds the attention

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Example Sentences for preoccupations

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    His preoccupation was with the destruction on Aquaman.

  • 2

    Death is a primary preoccupation of the novel.

  • 3

    Details are a major preoccupation of the architect.

  • 4

    An abiding preoccupation was the Shakespeare authorship question.

  • 5

    His preoccupation with the lake began in 1870.

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    The major preoccupation is business, agriculture and services.

  • 7

    There was also a scientific preoccupation with the idea of race.

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    But my preoccupation is less the cost than the utility.

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    Her main preoccupation is to guarantee the future of these compositions.

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    Do people in the Navy have a preoccupation with excrement