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pre·oc·cu·py

 (prē-ŏk′yə-pī′)
tr.v. pre·oc·cu·pied, pre·oc·cu·py·ing, pre·oc·cu·pies
To occupy completely the mind or attention of; engross. See Synonyms at engross.
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preoccupy

(priːˈɒkjʊˌpaɪ)
vb (tr) , -pies, -pying or -pied
1. to engross the thoughts or mind of
2. to occupy before or in advance of another
[C16: from Latin praeoccupāre to capture in advance, from prae before + occupāre to seize, take possession of]
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pre•oc•cu•py

(priˈɒk yəˌpaɪ)

v.t. -pied, -py•ing.
1. to absorb or engross to the exclusion of other things.
2. to occupy beforehand or before others.
[1560–70; < Latin praeoccupāre to seize in advance, preoccupy; see pre-, occupy]
pre•oc′cu•pi`er, n.
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preoccupy


Past participle: preoccupied
Gerund: preoccupying

Imperative
preoccupy
preoccupy
Present
I preoccupy
you preoccupy
he/she/it preoccupies
we preoccupy
you preoccupy
they preoccupy
Preterite
I preoccupied
you preoccupied
he/she/it preoccupied
we preoccupied
you preoccupied
they preoccupied
Present Continuous
I am preoccupying
you are preoccupying
he/she/it is preoccupying
we are preoccupying
you are preoccupying
they are preoccupying
Present Perfect
I have preoccupied
you have preoccupied
he/she/it has preoccupied
we have preoccupied
you have preoccupied
they have preoccupied
Past Continuous
I was preoccupying
you were preoccupying
he/she/it was preoccupying
we were preoccupying
you were preoccupying
they were preoccupying
Past Perfect
I had preoccupied
you had preoccupied
he/she/it had preoccupied
we had preoccupied
you had preoccupied
they had preoccupied
Future
I will preoccupy
you will preoccupy
he/she/it will preoccupy
we will preoccupy
you will preoccupy
they will preoccupy
Future Perfect
I will have preoccupied
you will have preoccupied
he/she/it will have preoccupied
we will have preoccupied
you will have preoccupied
they will have preoccupied
Future Continuous
I will be preoccupying
you will be preoccupying
he/she/it will be preoccupying
we will be preoccupying
you will be preoccupying
they will be preoccupying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been preoccupying
you have been preoccupying
he/she/it has been preoccupying
we have been preoccupying
you have been preoccupying
they have been preoccupying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been preoccupying
you will have been preoccupying
he/she/it will have been preoccupying
we will have been preoccupying
you will have been preoccupying
they will have been preoccupying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been preoccupying
you had been preoccupying
he/she/it had been preoccupying
we had been preoccupying
you had been preoccupying
they had been preoccupying
Conditional
I would preoccupy
you would preoccupy
he/she/it would preoccupy
we would preoccupy
you would preoccupy
they would preoccupy
Past Conditional
I would have preoccupied
you would have preoccupied
he/she/it would have preoccupied
we would have preoccupied
you would have preoccupied
they would have preoccupied
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.preoccupy - engage or engross the interest or attention of beforehand or occupy urgently or obsessively; "His work preoccupies him"; "The matter preoccupies her completely--she cannot think of anything else"
obsess, ghost, haunt - haunt like a ghost; pursue; "Fear of illness haunts her"
prepossess - cause to be preoccupied; "The idea of his failure prepossesses him"
control, command - exercise authoritative control or power over; "control the budget"; "Command the military forces"
2.preoccupy - occupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance; "the army preoccupied the hills"
take over, usurp, arrogate, seize, assume - seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession; "He assumed to himself the right to fill all positions in the town"; "he usurped my rights"; "She seized control of the throne after her husband died"
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preoccupy

verb absorb, concern, dominate, occupy, grip, consume, obsess, distract, enthral, engross, become an obsession with a question that continues to preoccupy the more serious papers
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preoccupy

verb
To occupy the full attention of:
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Translations
يَشْغَل بال
být zaujat
optage
figyelmét egészen leköti
gagntaka
nuolatinis rūpestis
nodarbināt prātusaistīt uzmanību
byť zaujatý
kafasını kurcalamakzihnini işgal etmek

preoccupy

[priːˈɒkjʊpaɪ] VTpreocupar
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

preoccupy

[priˈɒkjʊpaɪ] vtpréoccuper
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preoccupy

vt(stark) beschäftigen
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preoccupy

[ˌpriːˈɒkjʊpaɪ] vt (absorb) → assorbire; (mind, thoughts) → occupare
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preoccupy

(priˈokjupai) verb
to engage or occupy (a person's mind etc) or the attention of (someone) completely. His mind was preoccupied with plans for his holiday.
preˌoccuˈpation noun
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preoccupy

v. preocupar; preocuparse.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
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