Definition of Preoccupy

1. Verb. Engage or engross the interest or attention of beforehand or occupy urgently or obsessively. "The matter preoccupies her completely--she cannot think of anything else"

Specialized synonyms: Ghost, Haunt, Obsess, Prepossess
Generic synonyms: Command, Control
Derivative terms: Preoccupancy, Preoccupation, Preoccupation



2. Verb. Occupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance. "The army preoccupied the hills"
Generic synonyms: Arrogate, Assume, Seize, Take Over, Usurp
Derivative terms: Preoccupation

Definition of Preoccupy

1. v. t. To take possession of before another; as, to preoccupy a country not before held.

Definition of Preoccupy

1. Verb. To distract; to occupy or draw attention elsewhere. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Preoccupy

1. [v -PIED, -PYING, -PIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Preoccupy

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preoccupy (current term)
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Literary usage of Preoccupy

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1. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, Henry Dale, Thomas Arnold (1849)
"... the rest advanced at a run against the flying Macedonians, cutting down such as they fell in with; and got in time to preoccupy the narrow pass which ..."

2. A Compendious Anglo-Saxon and English Dictionary by Joseph Bosworth (1865)
"... on ; p. ode ; pp. od To occupy, preoccupy,prepossess. — bys- gung, e ; /'. Necessary business, employment. ..."

3. The Character of the Gentleman by Francis Lieber (1864)
"... object almost with every one to preoccupy so successful or so dangerous an advocate; for, if he failed in inducing a jury to sympathize with his client, ..."

4. An Historical Disquisition Concerning the Knowledge which the Ancients Had by William Robertson (1835)
"... crowds of people hurried towards Scotland, eager to preoccupy the favour of the successor, or afraid of being too late in paying homage to him. • Birch. ..."

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