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preoccupation

pre·oc·cu·pa·tion

preoccupation

 
 
pronunciation:
pri ak y peI shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the state of being completely engrossed or absorbed in thought.
His preoccupation with his car troubles kept him from concentrating during the meeting.
synonyms:
absorption, abstraction, immersion
similar words:
brown study, distraction, obsession, pensiveness, raptness
definition 2: the act of occupying in advance of or before another.