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preoccupy


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Preoccupy  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  preoccupy 
  v  1:  occupy  urgently  or  obsessively;  "This  matter  proccupies  her 
  completely--she  cannot  think  of  anything  else" 
  2:  engage  or  engross  the  interest  or  attention  of  beforehand; 
  "His  work  preoccupies  him" 




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