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preoccupied

[pree-ok-yuh-pahyd] /priˈɒk yəˌpaɪd/
adjective
1.
completely engrossed in thought; absorbed.
2.
previously occupied; taken; filled.
3.
Biology. already used as a name for some species, genus, etc., and not available as a designation for any other.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; preoccupy + -ed2
Related forms
preoccupiedly, adverb
preoccupiedness, noun
unpreoccupied, adjective
Synonyms
1. busy; concentrating.
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preoccupied

/priːˈɒkjʊˌpaɪd/
adjective
1.
engrossed or absorbed in something, esp one's own thoughts
2.
already or previously occupied
3.
(biology) (of a taxonomic name) already used to designate a genus, species, etc
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preoccupied

adj.

"absorbed in thought," 1823, past participle adjective from preoccupy (v.). Earlier it meant "occupied in advance."

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