Definition for preoccupied (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), pre·oc·cu·pied, pre·oc·cu·py·ing.
Examples from the Web for preoccupied
Your fiction is preoccupied with the past—even the contemporary stories have an aura of looking backward.
Now, few filmmakers are as preoccupied with time as Richard Linklater.The Making of ‘Boyhood’: Richard Linklater’s 12-Year Journey to Create An American Masterpiece|Marlow Stern|July 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Living vicariously through his teammates was better than being home, preoccupied each day with his eroding strength.The Stacks: The Day Lou Gehrig Delivered Baseball’s Gettysburg Address|Ray Robinson|July 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Preoccupied with panegyrizing the specialness of India, they slept through the breakthrough of Hindu nationalism.
Meanwhile, Washington has been preoccupied with all-consuming battles over debt ceilings and sequestration.Congress Cooperates, Obama Pushes Hard, and Closing Gitmo Has a Chance|Daniel Klaidman|December 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Miriam spoke unguardedly, but Evie was too preoccupied to notice the bitterness of the tone.The Wild Olive|Basil King
Thessalie looked across the room at the girl for a second or two longer, then turned a troubled, preoccupied gaze on Barres.
He looked grave and preoccupied, and hardly answered a question of Mr. Conway's about one of the pictures.The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers|Mary Cholmondeley
But he could not even pretend to eat, so preoccupied was he by her approach.
But both were so preoccupied with what lay immediately around them that for a time neither gave heed to more distant views.The Young Wireless Operator--As a Fire Patrol|Lewis E. Theiss
British Dictionary definitions for preoccupied (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for preoccupied (2 of 2)
verb -pies, -pying or -pied (tr)
Word Origin for preoccupy
Word Origin and History for preoccupied (1 of 2)
"absorbed in thought," 1823, past participle adjective from preoccupy (v.). Earlier it meant "occupied in advance."