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preoccupied
used in The Adventures of Augie March

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Definition
busy thinking about or doing something so that other things are not noticed or done
  • So if sometimes I saw she was preoccupied I considered that probably her preoccupations were with me.
    Chapter 26 (8% in)
  • " She broke her preoccupation to give me a look for my own sake, straight, and said with a laugh that didn't last, "You take my side, don't you?"
    Chapter 12 (60% in)
  • I wanted to talk to Thea about this, but she was too preoccupied with other things.
    Chapter 16 (76% in)
  • It now astonishes me less, for I know more about how people get preoccupied.
    Chapter 17 (81% in)
  • Because nobody anyhow can show what he is without a sense of exposure and shame, and can't care while preoccupied with this but must appear better and stronger than anyone else, mad!
    Chapter 19 (23% in)
  • He appeared to have grave weights on his mind and to be preoccupied with superior things.
    Chapter 20 (50% in)
  • Not the poor, dark, disfigured creature cramped by his falsehood, a liar from the cradle, flogged by poverty, smelling bad from cowardice, deeper than a latrine in jealousy, dead as a cabbage to feeling, a maggot to beauty, a shrimp to duty, spinning the same thread of cocoon preoccupation from his mouth.
    Chapter 21 (86% in)
  • So if sometimes I saw she was preoccupied I considered that probably her preoccupations were with me.
    Chapter 26 (8% in)
  • What do you think it is, to drag people from their preoccupations, where they do their habitual toil!
    Chapter 26 (8% in)
  • Now my foster-home and academy dream was not a preoccupation but one of those featherhead millenarian notions or summer butterflies.
    Chapter 26 (9% in)
  • Other preoccupations are my fate, or what fills life and thought.
    Chapter 26 (10% in)
  • Among them, preoccupation with Stella, so that what happens to her happens, by necessity, to me too.
    Chapter 26 (10% in)
  • Suppose I started to explain that she loved me too, but loved me in the same way that Paris is the City of Man, or with what she brought to it, given her preoccupations—love being the victory of love over preoccupations, or what Mintouchian called dominant ideas that afternoon in the Turkish bath.
    Chapter 26 (34% in)
  • Suppose I started to explain that she loved me too, but loved me in the same way that Paris is the City of Man, or with what she brought to it, given her preoccupations—love being the victory of love over preoccupations, or what Mintouchian called dominant ideas that afternoon in the Turkish bath.
    Chapter 26 (34% in)
  • People don't do what they have a talent for but what the preoccupation leads to.
    Chapter 26 (65% in)

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