Definitions for preoccupy
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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"
occupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance
"the army preoccupied the hills"
To distract; to occupy or draw attention elsewhere.
The father tried to preoccupy the child with his keys.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
to take possession of before another; as, to preoccupy a country not before held
to prepossess; to engage, occupy, or engross the attention of, beforehand; hence, to prejudice
Etymology: [Cf. F. proccuper. See Preoccupate, Occupy.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.
The numerical value of preoccupy in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of preoccupy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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