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.
Recent Examples of preoccupy from the Web
So Far Preoccupied with winning Golden Globes and Grammys while filming for both the big and small screens (see: Spider-Man: Homecoming and his FX hit Atlanta)
How to respond to China’s growing naval power has preoccupied many of the admirals, ministers and defense contractors who are expected to begin assembling Friday at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore.
As many Australians grapple with how to save their Great Barrier Reef from global warming, others are preoccupied with building one of the world’s biggest coal mines nearby.
For now, Frank’s primary political nemesis, Conway, is preoccupied with pushing back on the White House’s rush to war.
He was preoccupied with legal issues and staff problems as the controversy placed his son-in-law, and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, as part of a counterintelligence investigation.
They are preoccupied solely with sniffing out betrayal and class desertion.
The part that I have been preoccupied with is working with the criminal justice system overall, through our Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative.
Preoccupied with a half-dozen critical tasks — watching the street, checking suspicious vehicles, deciphering a constant stream of radio chatter —
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Origin and Etymology of preoccupy
Latin praeoccupare, literally, to seize in advance, from prae- + occupare to seize, occupy
First Known Use: 1567See Words from the same year
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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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