to preoccupy

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preengage
to fill the mind of a person to the exclusion of other subjects
{v} to get or have first possession
engage or engross the interest or attention of beforehand or occupy urgently or obsessively; "His work preoccupies him"; "The matter preoccupies her completley--she cannot think of anything else"
occupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance; "the army preoccupied the hills"
To prepossess; to engage, occupy, or engross the attention of, beforehand; hence, to prejudice
To take possession of before another; as, to preoccupy a country not before held
If something is preoccupying you, you are thinking about it a lot. Crime and the fear of crime preoccupy the community. if something preoccupies someone, they think or worry about it a lot
To distract; to occupy or draw attention elsewhere
occupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance; "the army preoccupied the hills
{f} reflect, meditate on, think; worry, bother; prepossess, appropriate in advance (property)
to preoccupy

    Silbentrennung

    to pre·oc·cu·py

    Türkische aussprache

    tı priäkyıpay

    Aussprache

    /tə prēˈäkyəˌpī/ /tə priːˈɑːkjəˌpaɪ/

    Etymologie

    [ t&, tu, 'tü ] (preposition.) before 12th century. Middle English, from Old English tO; akin to Old High German zuo to, Latin donec as long as, until.

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