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preoccupied

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

lost in thought and unaware of one's surroundings or actions
  • too preoccupied with her worries to enjoy the meal

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preoccupied

verb
past tense of preoccupy

Synonyms & Antonyms of preoccupied (Entry 2 of 2)

to be thought about or worried about by (someone) very often or constantly
  • The question of life after death has preoccupied many philosophers.

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abstracted, preoccupied, absent, absentminded, distracted mean inattentive to what claims or demands consideration. abstracted implies absorption of the mind in something other than one's surroundings, and often suggests reflection on weighty matters. walking about with an abstracted air preoccupied often implies having one's attention so taken up by thoughts as to neglect others. too preoccupied with her debts to enjoy the meal absent stresses inability to fix the mind on present concerns due more to mental wandering than to concentration on other matters. an absent stare absentminded implies that the mind is fixed elsewhere and often refers to a habit of abstractedness. so absentminded, he's been known to wear mismatched shoes distracted may suggest an inability to concentrate caused by worry, sorrow, or anxiety. was too distracted by grief to continue working

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The first known use of preoccupied was in 1790

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“Preoccupied.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/pre%20occupied. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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