verb (preoccupies, preoccupying, preoccupied)[with object]
- (Of a matter or subject) dominate or engross the mind of (someone) to the exclusion of other thoughts: his mother was preoccupied with paying the bills (as adjective preoccupied) she seemed a bit preoccupiedMore example sentences
- Although he makes provision for his soul, it is only in general terms and he is not preoccupied with the matter.
- Why do sectarian issues so preoccupy these young people?
- The magistrate was preoccupied with other matters and was not listening closely.