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.
obsessed, concerned, absorbed, engrossed, intent, involved, wrapped up
engross, concern, absorb, take up someone's attention, distract, obsess, occupy, prey on someone's mind
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