Definition of 'preoccupation'
Video: pronunciation of 'preoccupation'
Example sentences containing 'preoccupation'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
Social mobility - up or down - is the great recurring preoccupation of our fiction. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Social mobility - up or down - is the great recurring preoccupation of our fiction. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Maintaining the skin in optimum condition is a main preoccupation. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Clothes were one of the main preoccupations of his childhood. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Aviation security became a major preoccupation for him. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Any worries about the unknown fade into the background because the ritual takes over and becomes the main preoccupation. Good Habits, Bad Habits (1994)The underlying depreciation of any model is the major preoccupation of any dealer when it comes to agreeing a deal. The Sun (2010)He has plans for reform and a central preoccupation that would not look out of place back in the education department. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Naval history became a major preoccupation. Times, Sunday Times (2011)This is arguably a central preoccupation of the adult artist, too. The Times Literary Supplement (2012)Their main preoccupation for the next few months will be acorns, their main winter food. Times, Sunday Times (2013)War is also the main preoccupation of the other stories, which have elements of fantasy or science fiction about them. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Northern Ireland was a major preoccupation. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Cosmetic surgery is not just a matter of cost or expertise; it is fast becoming a central preoccupation of our time. Times, Sunday Times (2010)But it was the modernisation of the Armed Forces which was his central preoccupation. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Above all, it says that your central preoccupation is not love, but life. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Yes, the great British preoccupation with class has invaded hat wearing too. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Poker is, it seems, a major preoccupation. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Her main preoccupation was to get away from Baltimore, and she snapped up the first remotely eligible husband who came her way. King Edward VIII - The Official Biography (1990)I felt I was ugly and my main preoccupation was finding a boyfriend. Mothers who Leave (1994)
Trends of 'preoccupation'
In Common Usage. preoccupation is one of the 10000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
View usage for:
Translations for 'preoccupation'
British English: preoccupation NOUN
If you have a preoccupation with something or someone, you keep thinking about them because they are important to you.
His poetry shows a profound preoccupation with his faith.
Definition of preoccupation from the Collins English Dictionary
The language of love: 5 ways to express your love on Valentine’s Day
In the market for some new terms of endearment? Here’s the etymology behind some of the most popular.
Part One: Unlocking Mandarin with Paul Noble
We sent one of the Collins team for a one-to-one learning experience with the man himself, and here’s how they found part one of the course.
Live well without sacrificing your quality of life
Now is the perfect time to start thinking ahead. Here’s how a busy family can take control of their financial future
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.