Examples of preoccupied in a Sentence
too preoccupied with her worries to enjoy the meal
Recent Examples of preoccupied from the Web
Ultimately, advocates say, many people in poverty are too preoccupied trying to survive to worry about nutrition.
In this country, USA Track & Field, the sport's national governing body seemingly has been too preoccupied with messes of its own making to do much about marketing its athletes.
Clubs became preoccupied with crowd control, often herding groups of spectators into large metal pens, and in 1989, at Hillsborough, in Sheffield, ninety-six Liverpool fans were crushed to death.
The father of two and reality star is a little preoccupied with other projects.
With a Dominican trip on the horizon, Williams didn’t seem too preoccupied with contract talks on the final day of minicamp.
In his mind these sorts of gods did not answer Monday, perhaps too preoccupied watching that breathless track meet like everyone else (including the referees who missed Ryan Reaves’ obvious cross-check on the game-winning goal).
The meditative, seemingly preoccupied woman, her ornate clothes and the interior décor blur into a nearly monochromatic canvas.
Mary’s father, William Godwin (Stephen Dillane), is a loving but preoccupied Enlightenment thinker, eminent, admired, and poor.
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Synonym Discussion of preoccupied
- walking about with an abstracted air
- too preoccupied with her debts to enjoy the meal
- an absent stare
- so absentminded, he's been known to wear mismatched shoes
- was too distracted by grief to continue working
PREOCCUPIED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of preoccupied for English Language Learners
: thinking about something a lot or too much
PREOCCUPIED Defined for Kids
Definition of preoccupied for Students
- The kittens played right in front of him, but the Emperor was too preoccupied to notice.
- —Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat
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