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preoccupy

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verb pre·oc·cu·py \-ˌpī\

Simple Definition of preoccupy

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of preoccupy

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to engage or engross the interest or attention of beforehand or preferentially

  3. 2 :  to take possession of or fill beforehand or before another

Examples of preoccupy in a sentence

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



Origin and Etymology of preoccupy

Latin praeoccupare, literally, to seize in advance, from prae- + occupare to seize, occupy


First Known Use: 1567


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