preoccupy

[pree-ok-yuh-pahy]
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:
1560–70; pre- + occupy

preoccupier, noun
overpreoccupy, verb (used with object), overpreoccupied, overpreoccupying.
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preoccupy (priːˈɒkjʊˌpaɪ)
 
vb , -pies, -pying, -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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Example sentences
Because they preoccupy common goods, they take these goods as their own.
So many other things can preoccupy their creativity and get in the way.
The all too familiar sensation of stress can preoccupy your thoughts, narrowing
  attention to the sphere of your concerns.
Applied scientists must preoccupy themselves with the details and the
  biochemical processes that make evolution arise.
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