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Meaning of PREOCCUPY

Pronunciation:  pree'âkyu`pI

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  engage or engross the interest or attention of beforehand or occupy urgently or obsessively; "His work preoccupies him"; "The matter preoccupies her completley--she cannot think of anything else"
  2. [v]  occupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance; "the army preoccupied the hills"

PREOCCUPY is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: appropriate, capture, command, conquer, control, ghost, haunt, obsess, prepossess, seize, take over, usurp



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pre*oc"cu*py\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Preoccupied}
(-p[=i]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Preoccupying}.] [Cf. F.
pr['e]occuper. See {Preoccupate}, {Occupy}.]
1. To take possession of before another; as, to preoccupy a
   country not before held.

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

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