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Definition of preoccupy verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

preoccupy

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//priˈɒkjupaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//priˈɑːkjupaɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they preoccupy
BrE BrE//priˈɒkjupaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//priˈɑːkjupaɪ//
 
he / she / it preoccupies
BrE BrE//priˈɒkjupaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//priˈɑːkjupaɪz//
 
past simple preoccupied
BrE BrE//priˈɒkjupaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//priˈɑːkjupaɪd//
 
past participle preoccupied
BrE BrE//priˈɒkjupaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//priˈɑːkjupaɪd//
 
-ing form preoccupying
BrE BrE//priˈɒkjupaɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//priˈɑːkjupaɪɪŋ//
 
 
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preoccupy somebody if something is preoccupying you, you think or worry about it very often or all the time Thoughts of failure preoccupied him. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from pre- + occupy, suggested by Latin praeoccupare ‘seize beforehand’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: preoccupy