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preoccupy

[pree-ok-yuh-pahy] /priˈɒk yəˌpaɪ/
verb (used with object), preoccupied, preoccupying.
1.
to absorb or engross to the exclusion of other things.
2.
to occupy beforehand or before others.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; pre- + occupy
Related forms
preoccupier, noun
overpreoccupy, verb (used with object), overpreoccupied, overpreoccupying.
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preoccupy

/priːˈɒkjʊˌpaɪ/
verb (transitive) -pies, -pying, -pied
1.
to engross the thoughts or mind of
2.
to occupy before or in advance of another
Word Origin
C16: from Latin praeoccupāre to capture in advance, from prae before + occupāre to seize, take possession of
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