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 in a sentence
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
PREOCCUPY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of preoccupy for English Language Learners
: to be thought about or worried about by (someone) very often or constantly
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