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1[mass noun] The state or condition of being preoccupied or engrossed with something.‘his preoccupation with politics’
pensiveness, concentration, engrossment, absorption, self-absorption, musing, thinking, thinking of other things, deep thought, brown study, broodingView synonyms
- ‘The saving grace of the past few days has been my preoccupation with a new geeky toy, a DVD recorder.’
- ‘Even so, he is surprised to have survived so long in such a demanding position, given the modern preoccupation with hiring and firing.’
- ‘What Chaterji found disconcerting was the time consuming preoccupation with technology.’
- ‘I'm quite conscious that preoccupation with the past can also be a way of absolving oneself of present obligations.’
- ‘Given the current preoccupation with the risks associated with driving, these proposals come as little surprise.’
- ‘Sometimes I find this preoccupation with what's happening now really frustrating.’
- ‘The real escalation is in our narcissistic preoccupation with ourselves.’
- ‘Moreover, Lyly's preoccupation with mistaken identity may have influenced Shakespeare.’
- ‘The state's increasing preoccupation with how we raise our children risks penalising the poorest parents’
- ‘Despite this preoccupation with finding evil, they are able to recognize the good in anyone or anything.’
- ‘The writer himself was well aware of the divided critical opinion about his work and his endless preoccupation with the darker side of life.’
- ‘The renewed preoccupation with design is understandable, given a little history.’
- ‘The contemporary preoccupation with self is not so much a reflection of the moral decadence of our age as a pitiful search for identity.’
- ‘I asked some moments ago what connection you see between the conciseness of your poems and their preoccupation with pain.’
- ‘There is both an institutional and individual preoccupation with measurement of performance.’
- ‘It seems likely that the writer's preoccupation with chances missed and stories lost has this absence at its heart.’
- 1.1[count noun]A subject or matter that engrosses someone.‘their main preoccupation was how to feed their families’
obsession, concern, fixationView synonyms
- ‘Creative people need to be encouraged to think far more about their audience's needs, and far less about their own preoccupations.’
- ‘These themes show the preoccupations of both virus writers and those they are targeting with their malicious code, Cluley reckons.’
- ‘This time, his stated preoccupations are impossible to ignore.’
- ‘In conversation, Miller seems fully attentive to the present and its preoccupations.’
- ‘It is, in other words, a text that reflects the preoccupations and worldview of its subject.’
- ‘Paolozzi shares many of the Surrealists' preoccupations, in particular an interest in the power of dolls and mannequins.’
- ‘Much more interesting is the fact that Larkin waited so confidently for his methods and preoccupations to come into focus.’
- ‘Man Listening To Disc and Marginalia are creepily accurate portrayals of aspects of my two main preoccupations.’
- ‘Melburnians tend to have two main preoccupations, the two S's: sport and Sydney.’
- ‘As public life is emptied out and loses direction, private and personal preoccupations are projected into the public sphere.’
- ‘The same range of topics and preoccupations fueled discussion on the other side of the Atlantic.’
- ‘Not the least of the nation's preoccupations in the present situation concerns the demonisation of the particular communities.’
- ‘The main issues discussed in the volume reflect the preoccupations of the fields of business and economic history.’
- ‘Such preoccupations are bound to be bad for you, aren't they?’
- ‘I talked to a group of lads involved with the project, who in exchange for anonymity talked frankly about their preoccupations.’
Late 16th century (first used in rhetoric in the sense ‘anticipating and meeting objections beforehand’): from Latin praeoccupatio(n-), from praeoccupare seize beforehand (see preoccupy).
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