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1 [singular,uncountable] when someone thinks or worries about something a lot, with the result that they do not pay attention to other things
preoccupation with
the current preoccupation with sex and scandal
The management's preoccupation with costs and profits resulted in a drop in quality and customer service.
2 [countable] something that you give all your attention to
main/chief/central etc preoccupation
Their main preoccupation was how to feed their families.

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