Definition of preoccupied adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//priˈɒkjupaɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//priˈɑːkjupaɪd//
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preoccupied (with something) thinking and/or worrying continuously about something so that you do not pay attention to other things He was too preoccupied with his own thoughts to notice anything wrong. She seemed preoccupied all the time I was talking to her. He was too preoccupied with his own problems to worry about hers. We live in a world preoccupied by sport.
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