preoccupy


pre·oc·cu·py

verb \-ˌpī\

: to be thought about or worried about by (someone) very often or constantly

Full Definition of PREOCCUPY

transitive verb
1
:  to engage or engross the interest or attention of beforehand or preferentially
2
:  to take possession of or fill beforehand or before another

Examples of PREOCCUPY

  1. The question of life after death has preoccupied many philosophers.

Origin of PREOCCUPY

Latin praeoccupare, literally, to seize in advance, from prae- + occupare to seize, occupy
First Known Use: 1567

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