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
obsessed, concerned; passionate about, absorbed in, engrossed in, interested in, intent on, involved in, wrapped up in, sunk in, immersed in, focused on, taken upin a brown study, pensive, brooding, absent-minded, distracted, abstracted, distrait, heedless, far away, obliviousabsorb, dominate, take up someone's whole attention, take up all of someone's time, distract, obsess, occupy, grip, enthral, consume, haunt, prey on someone's mind, become an obsession with, be uppermost in someone's mind, take control of
- 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.