Simple Definition of preoccupy
: to be thought about or worried about by (someone) very often or constantly
Full Definition of preoccupy
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
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
Rhymes with preoccupy
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