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noun preoccupation pronunciation in British English /priːˌɒkjʊˈpeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  1. [singular/uncountable] a state in which you think about something so much that you do not think about other things
    She noticed his look of preoccupation.
    preoccupation with: a preoccupation with death/sex/violence
    1. a.
      [countable] something that you think about and want to do because it is important
      The safety of their children is a constant preoccupation of most parents.

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