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preoccupation

Pronunciation: /priːˌɑːkjəˈpeɪʃən; ˌpriːɒkjʊˈpeɪʃən/

Translation of preoccupation in Spanish:

noun/nombre

  • 1 c and u 1.1 (concern) preocupación (feminine) my main preoccupation was not to offend my parents mi mayor preocupación era no ofender a mis padres she is only concerned with her own private preoccupations no piensa nada más que en sus propias preocupaciones
    Example sentences
    • Man Listening To Disc and Marginalia are creepily accurate portrayals of aspects of my two main preoccupations.
    • Melburnians tend to have two main preoccupations, the two S's: sport and Sydney.
    • Much more interesting is the fact that Larkin waited so confidently for his methods and preoccupations to come into focus.
    1.2 (obsession) obsesión (feminine)preoccupation with sth she was criticized for her preoccupation with work la criticaron por pensar demasiado en el trabajo his excessive preoccupation with hygiene su manía or su obsesión con la higiene
  • 2 uncountable/no numerable (absorbed state of mind) preocupación (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • The real escalation is in our narcissistic preoccupation with ourselves.
    • Moreover, Lyly's preoccupation with mistaken identity may have influenced Shakespeare.
    • The saving grace of the past few days has been my preoccupation with a new geeky toy, a DVD recorder.

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