Preoccupy meaning

prē-ŏkyə-pī
To occupy completely the mind or attention of; engross.
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To occupy the thoughts of to the virtual exclusion of other matters; engross; absorb.
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To occupy or take possession of before someone else or beforehand.
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To distract; to occupy or draw attention elsewhere.

The father tried to preoccupy the child with his keys.

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Origin of preoccupy

  • From pre- +"Ž occupy.

    From Wiktionary