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priˈɒk yəˌpaɪpre·oc·cu·py

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. preoccupyverb

    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. preoccupyverb

    occupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance

    "the army preoccupied the hills"


  1. preoccupyverb

    To distract; to occupy or draw attention elsewhere.

    The father tried to preoccupy the child with his keys.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Preoccupyverb

    To prepossess; to occupy by anticipation or prejudices.

    I think it more respectful to the reader to leave something to reflections, than preoccupy his judgment. Arbuthnot.


  1. preoccupy

    Preoccupy refers to the state of being engrossed or absorbed in thought, activities, or interests, to such an extent that it takes one's full attention or a significant amount of their attention. It could also mean being extremely concerned or worried about something that it dominates one's thoughts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preoccupyverb

    to take possession of before another; as, to preoccupy a country not before held

  2. Preoccupyverb

    to prepossess; to engage, occupy, or engross the attention of, beforehand; hence, to prejudice

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. proccuper. See Preoccupate, Occupy.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Preoccupy

    prē-ok′ū-pī, v.t. to occupy or take possession of beforehand: to fill beforehand or with prejudices.—ns. Prēoc′cupancy, the act or the right of occupying beforehand; Prēoc′cupant, a prior occupant.—v.t. Prēoc′cupāte (Bacon), to occupy before others.—n. Prēoccupā′tion.—adj. Prēoc′cupied, already occupied: lost in thought, abstracted.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of preoccupy in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of preoccupy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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