Quick answer
"Worry" is a reflexive verb which is often translated as "preocuparse", and "preoccupied" is an adjective which is often translated as "absorto". Learn more about the difference between "worry" and "preoccupied" below.
worry(
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A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
1. (to be concerned)
a. preocuparse
Calm down! You worry too much.¡Cálmate! Te preocupas demasiado.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to cause distress)
a. preocupar
The little things in life don't worry me.Las cosas pequeñas de la vida no me preocupan.
3. (to bother)
a. molestar
He didn't want to worry anyone with his problems, so he decided to see a therapist.No quiso molestar a nadie con sus problemas, así que decidió ver a un terapeuta.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (concern)
a. la preocupación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I prefer to live the easy life, without any worries.Prefiero vivir la vida fácil, sin preocupaciones.
5. (anxiety)
a. la inquietud
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She is consumed with worry over the impending decision.Está consumida por la inquietud de la decisión inminente.
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preoccupied
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (focused)
a. absorto
The rice got overcooked because Tammy was so preoccupied with the sauce.Se pasó el arroz porque Tammy estaba absorta en la salsa.
b. ensimismado
Pedro had been blowing off his family because he was preoccupied with work.Pedro había estado ignorando a su familia porque estaba ensimismado con su trabajo.
2. (worried)
a. preocupado
Julie was quite preoccupied by the mouse droppings she found in the kitchen.Julie estaba bastante preocupada por el excremento de ratón que encontró en la cocina.
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