preoccupation

Preoccupation is a state where you're absorbed in something. You may have a preoccupation with video games or Hello Kitty, for example, if you can't keep your mind off those things.

We all have our preoccupations: ideas and things that we just can't stop thinking about. Just as an occupation means someone is living somewhere, a preoccupation is an idea that's moved in to our minds. One person's preoccupation might be making more money, while another person's preoccupation could be learning to ride a motorcycle. We can also say that someone who is engrossed or absorbed in something is in a state of preoccupation; they're preoccupied.

Definitions of preoccupation
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n the mental state of being preoccupied by something

Synonyms:
absorption, engrossment, preoccupancy
Types:
abstractedness, abstraction
preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else
absentmindedness
preoccupation so great that the ordinary demands on attention are ignored
reverie, revery
an abstracted state of absorption
Type of:
cognitive state, state of mind
the state of a person's cognitive processes

n an idea that preoccupies the mind and holds the attention

Types:
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fixation, obsession
an unhealthy and compulsive preoccupation with something or someone
hang-up
an emotional preoccupation
hobbyhorse
a topic to which one constantly reverts
self-absorption
preoccupation with yourself to the exclusion of everything else
navel-gazing, omphaloskepsis
literally, the contemplation of one's navel, which is an idiom usually meaning complacent self-absorption
Type of:
idea, thought
the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about

n the act of taking occupancy before someone else does

Synonyms:
preoccupancy
Type of:
moving in, occupancy, occupation
the act of occupying or taking possession of a building

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