• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Preoccupate To anticipate; to take before. "Fear preoccupateth it [death]."
    • Preoccupate To prepossess; to prejudice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • preoccupate To take possession of before others; preoccupy; seize in advance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Preoccupate (Bacon) to occupy before others
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  • Bertrand Russell
    “It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.”
  • Elie Wiesel
    “That is my major preoccupation --memory, the kingdom of memory. I want to protect and enrich that kingdom, glorify that kingdom and serve it.”
  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
    “Preoccupation with money is the great test of small natures, but only a small test of great ones.”
  • Steven Spielberg
    Steven Spielberg
    “I've discovered I've got this preoccupation with ordinary people pursued by large forces.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “Our passionate preoccupation with the sky, the stars, and a God somewhere in outer space is a homing impulse. We are drawn back to where we came from.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praeoccupatus, p. p. of praeoccupare, to preoccupy. See Preoccupy


In literature:

In the midst of these preoccupations I have not forgotten, madame, the instructions that you gave me.
"The Cross of Berny" by Emile de Girardin
Then entered Painless himself, in snowy shirt-sleeves and serious professional preoccupation.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
Nowhere else are the streets more full, and nowhere else are the faces so expressive of preoccupation, of anxiety, of excitement.
"Wear and Tear" by Silas Weir Mitchell
Orsino was aware that his chief preoccupation was identical with that which absorbed his mother's thoughts.
"Don Orsino" by F. Marion Crawford
Improving the instrument was the grand preoccupation.
"Since Cézanne" by Clive Bell
But presently, to his astonishment, Diana began to talk, in her natural voice, without a trace of preoccupation or embarrassment.
"The Testing of Diana Mallory" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
He opened it mechanically; and in his preoccupation, he read it several times before he grasped his meaning.
"Lady Connie" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
When she was gone Carey roused himself from his preoccupation, and concentrated his thoughts upon his correspondence.
"The Tidal Wave and Other Stories" by Ethel May Dell
He had been, of course, annoyed sometimes by her preoccupation with the war news of the morning.
"Elizabeth's Campaign" by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
His temperament is feminine, especially in vanity, irritability, and petty preoccupations.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis

In poetry:

I am glad to set down
The first and ultimate you,
Your inescapable soul. Although
It fade like a fading smile
Or light falling from faces
Which some grimmer preoccupation replaces.
"A Childhood" by Stephen Spender

In news:

Preoccupation with internal repression weakens Iran's national security.
Although it wears a fashionable leftist mask, this is a neo-puritan preoccupation.
Although health care has been a major preoccupation of this blog, global health has come up only very occasionally.
They might fight what she calls a preoccupation with the "stereotypical feminine athlete" — the Anna Kournikovas of the world.
In its place have come notions such as " instinct ," "motivation," and "decision-making," he argues.1 Still, there remain traces within the field of mental health of our earlier preoccupation with human will.
"I'm writing a book at the moment, a book of short stories set in New York, and it's been my main preoccupation for the last year," he says.
Dario Fo, the subversive satirist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature yesterday, once described his work as a "preoccupation with ridicule, laughter, sarcasm, irony and the grotesque.".
How their main preoccupation was avoiding work and going fishing, something a large number of white men I knew made a career of.
When asked about coverage of candidates' personal lives, Newt Gingrich first referred to society's preoccupation with gossip and then said he was ' mystified ' by interest in his jewelry credit account.
Within their ongoing preoccupation as authors, preachers, advisors, and not the least as patrons , I mention archbishop Antonino.
David Brooks' Strange Preoccupation With Single Parents.
Media / News Bites A few words on the Reader's preoccupation this week — high school.
The Broadway producer Jeffrey Richards has, if not a fixation for, at least a preoccupation with Gore Vidal's 1960 political comedy, The Best Man (Schoenfeld Theatre), which he has now revived for the second time in a dozen years.
An eighth grader's essay on Melville's Moby-Dick, or the Whale is one of Charlie's pet preoccupations.
These truths go a long way toward explaining the preoccupations of a culture whose interest in imagery is defining.

In science:

One can observe this preoccupation with the details of the embodiment in the work of the neuro-scientist Antonio Damasio.
Definability in the Real Universe
The preoccupations in this work are rather different from ours.
Quenched Random Graphs
Experimentally, there is the preoccupation with the conventional main-stream issues, such as the primordial signatures, hydrodynamical flow, interferometry, etc.
Critical Behavior of Hadronic Fluctuations and the Effect of Final-State Randomization
Accordingly, the tests are one-sided, hence our preoccupation with exceedences of a level.
Strong approximations of level exceedences related to multiple hypothesis testing
Moreover, as in [MNS], one of our main preoccupation is to provide a proof as simple as possible, despite the apparent complexity of the problem.
Analytic wave front set for solutions to Schroedinger equation