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preoccupy

verb [T] uk   /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.
Translations of “preoccupy”
in Spanish preocupar…
in French préoccuper…
in German völlig in Anspruch nehmen…
in Chinese (Traditional) 使全神貫注,使入神…
in Chinese (Simplified) 使全神贯注,使入神…
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