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English definition of “preoccupy”


verb [T]     /ˌpriːˈɒk.jʊ.paɪ/ US  /-ˈɑː.kjuː-/
to be the main thought in someone's mind , causing other things to be forgotten : Economic concerns are preoccupying the voters in this election .Continually thinking about
(Definition of preoccupy verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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