AskDefine | Define preoccupation

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1 an idea that preoccupies the mind and holds the attention
2 the mental state of being preoccupied by something [syn: preoccupancy, absorption, engrossment]
3 the act of taking occupancy before someone else does [syn: preoccupancy]

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  1. the state of being preoccupied or an idea that preoccupies the mind; enthrallment
  2. the act of occupying something before someone else



Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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