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preoccupy

pre·oc·cu·py

preoccupy

 
pronunciation:
pri ak y paI
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: preoccupied, preoccupies, preoccupying
definition 1: to absorb the entire time or attention of.
His experiments in the laboratory preoccupied him, and there were many nights when he did not return home.
synonyms:
absorb, engross
similar words:
abstract, consume, devour, distract, hold, immerse, involve, monopolize, obsess, possess, rivet
definition 2: to take occupancy or possession of beforehand or before another.