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preoccupation
American English: /ˌpriɑkjəˈpeɪʃ(ə)n/
British English: /prɪˌɒkjʊˈpeɪʃ(ə)n/

Translation of preoccupation in Spanish:

noun

  • 1 countable or uncountable 1.1 (concern) 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) preoccupation with somethingshe 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 (absorbed state of mind)
    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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