Definition of preoccupy in English:

preoccupy

Line breaks: pre|occupy
Pronunciation: /priːˈɒkjʊpʌɪ
 
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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 preoccupied
More 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.
Synonyms
obsessed, concerned;
lost in thought, deep in thought, immersed in thought, in a brown study, pensive, brooding, absent-minded, distracted, abstracted, distrait, heedless, far away, oblivious
engross, concern, absorb, 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

Origin

mid 16th century: from pre- + occupy, suggested by Latin praeoccupare 'seize beforehand'.

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