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preoccupy

[ pree-ok-yuh-pahy ]
/ pri藞蓲k y蓹藢pa瑟 /
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Definition of preoccupy

verb (used with object), pre路oc路cu路pied, pre路oc路cu路py路ing.
to absorb or engross to the exclusion of other things.
to occupy beforehand or before others.
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Origin of preoccupy

First recorded in 1560鈥70; pre- + occupy

OTHER WORDS FROM preoccupy

pre路oc路cu路pi路er, nouno路ver路pre路oc路cu路py, verb (used with object), o路ver路pre路oc路cu路pied, o路ver路pre路oc路cu路py路ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for preoccupy

preoccupy
/ (pri藧藞蓲kj蕣藢pa瑟) /

verb -pies, -pying or -pied (tr)
to engross the thoughts or mind of
to occupy before or in advance of another

Word Origin for preoccupy

C16: from Latin praeoccup膩re to capture in advance, from prae before + occup膩re to seize, take possession of
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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