What does preoccupation mean?

Definitions for preoccupationpriˌɒk yəˈpeɪ ʃən, ˌpri ɒk-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word preoccupation.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. preoccupation(noun)

    an idea that preoccupies the mind and holds the attention

  2. preoccupation, preoccupancy, absorption, engrossment(noun)

    the mental state of being preoccupied by something

  3. preoccupancy, preoccupation(noun)

    the act of taking occupancy before someone else does


  1. preoccupation(Noun)

    the state of being preoccupied or an idea that preoccupies the mind; enthrallment

  2. preoccupation(Noun)

    the act of occupying something before someone else

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preoccupation(noun)

    the act of preoccupying, or taking possession of beforehand; the state of being preoccupied; prepossession

  2. Preoccupation(noun)

    anticipation of objections

  3. Origin: [L. praeoccupatio: cf. F. proccupation.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of preoccupation in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of preoccupation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Kahlil Gibran:

    Our worst fault is our preoccupation with the faults of others.

  2. Sidney Poitier:

    We all suffer from the preoccupation that there exists ... in the loved one, perfection.

  3. Bertrand Russell:

    It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.

  4. Eric Hoffer:

    A preoccupation with the future not only prevents us from seeing the present as it is but often prompts us to rearrange the past.

  5. Helen Strudwick:

    The coffins show the skill and care with which the Egyptians prepared for the afterlife, to us, for whom death is a taboo subject, this seems like a morbid preoccupation. In fact, it was an obsession with life and an urgent wish to ensure its perfected continuation.

Images & Illustrations of preoccupation

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Translations for preoccupation

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • preocupaciónSpanish
  • keasyikanIndonesian
  • увлечённость, поглощённость, озабоченность, занятие места раньше другого, занятие места заранееRussian
  • zaokupljenostSerbo-Croatian

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