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Verb: preoccupy  pree'ó-kyu,pI
  1. Engage or engross the interest or attention of beforehand or occupy urgently or obsessively
    "His work preoccupies him"; "The matter preoccupies her completely--she cannot think of anything else"
     
  2. Occupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance
    "the army preoccupied the hills"

Derived forms: preoccupies, preoccupying, preoccupied

Type of: arrogate, assume, command, control, seize, take over, usurp