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. Frank Caplan:

    Play has been man's most useful preoccupation.

  2. Kahlil Gibran:

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

  3. Sidney Poitier:

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

  4. Nicolas Chamfort:

    Preoccupation with money is the great test of small natures, but only a small test of great ones.

  5. Bertrand Russell:

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

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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