preoccupation Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"preoccupation" in British English

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preoccupationnoun

uk   /priːˌɒk.jʊˈpeɪ.ʃən/  us   /-ˌɑː.kjuː-/
[C] an ​idea or ​subject that someone ​thinks about most of the ​time: My ​main preoccupation now is ​trying to ​keeplifenormal for the ​sake of my two ​boys. [C or U] the ​state of being ​worried about or ​thinking about something most of the ​time: Lately, his preoccupation withfootball had ​caused his ​marks at ​school to ​slip.
(Definition of preoccupation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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preoccupationnoun [C/U]

 us   /priˌɑk·jəˈpeɪ·ʃən/
the thing you ​think about most: [U] His preoccupation with ​sports is ​affecting his ​grades.
(Definition of preoccupation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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