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Adjective: preoccupied  pree'ó-kyu,pId
  1. Deeply absorbed in thought
    "a preoccupied frown";
    - bemused, lost
  2. Having or showing excessive or compulsive concern with something
    "he got no help from his wife, who was preoccupied with the children";
    - haunted, obsessed, taken up
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"

See also: concerned, thoughtful

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

Encyclopedia: Preoccupied