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preoccupied
used in To Kill a Mockingbird

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Definition
busy thinking about or doing something so that other things are not noticed or done
  • I never understood her preoccupation with heredity.
    p. 173.2
preoccupation = continual thought and interest

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Again, as I had often met it in my own church, I was confronted with the Impurity of Women doctrine that seemed to preoccupy all clergymen.
    p. 162.2
preoccupy = keep occupying the interest
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