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Preoccupy   Listen
Preoccupy  v. t.  (past & past part. preoccupied; pres. part. preoccupying)  
To take possession of before another; as, to preoccupy a country not before held.
To prepossess; to engage, occupy, or engross the attention of, beforehand; hence, to prejudice. "I Think it more respectful to the reader to leave something to reflections than to preoccupy his judgment."

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"Preoccupy" Quotes from Famous Books

... There was a little money and this hut, and—Marie-Josephine. So I came here; and I write children's stories—that sort of thing.... It goes well enough. I sell a few to American publishers. Otherwise I shoot and fish and read ... when war does not preoccupy me...." ...
— Barbarians • Robert W. Chambers

Words linked to "Preoccupy" :   usurp, preoccupancy, assume, control, prepossess, haunt, arrogate

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