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preoccupied

[ pree-ok-yuh-pahyd ]
/ priˈɒk yəˌpaɪd /
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adjective
completely engrossed in thought; absorbed.
previously occupied; taken; filled.
Biology. already used as a name for some species, genus, etc., and not available as a designation for any other.

OTHER WORDS FOR preoccupied

1 busy; concentrating.
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Origin of preoccupied

First recorded in 1835–45; preoccupy + -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM preoccupied

pre·oc·cu·pied·ly, adverbpre·oc·cu·pied·ness, nounun·pre·oc·cu·pied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for preoccupied

preoccupied
/ (priːˈɒkjʊˌpaɪd) /

adjective
engrossed or absorbed in something, esp one's own thoughts
already or previously occupied
biology (of a taxonomic name) already used to designate a genus, species, etc
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