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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state of being preoccupied; absorption of the attention or intellect.
  • n. Something that preoccupies or engrosses the mind: Money was their chief preoccupation.
  • n. Occupation of a place in advance; preoccupancy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being preoccupied or an idea that preoccupies the mind; enthrallment.
  • n. The act of occupying something before someone else.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of preoccupying, or taking possession of beforehand; the state of being preoccupied; prepossession.
  • n. Anticipation of objections.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of preoccupying, or seizing beforehand; possession gained in advance.
  • n. The act of anticipating; anticipation.
  • n. The state of being preoccupied; prior engrossment or absorption.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an idea that preoccupies the mind and holds the attention
  • n. the mental state of being preoccupied by something
  • n. the act of taking occupancy before someone else does


pre- +‎ occupation (Wiktionary)



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