preoccupy

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verb pre·oc·cu·py \-ˌpī\

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.

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Origin and Etymology of preoccupy

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


PREOCCUPY Defined for English Language Learners

preoccupy

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Definition of preoccupy for English Language Learners

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



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