That editor, Adam Sanger, is preoccupied by, among other things, the privileged status of his colleague Don Grady.
Living vicariously through his teammates was better than being home, preoccupied each day with his eroding strength.
These are some of the questions that have preoccupied me since co-chairing the congressional inquiry into 9/11.
"absorbed in thought," 1823, past participle adjective from preoccupy (v.). Earlier it meant "occupied in advance."