Preoccupate
Preoccupate Pre*oc"cu*pate, v. t. [L. praeoccupatus, p. p. of praeoccupare to preoccupy. See {Preoccupy}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To anticipate; to take before. [Obs.] ``Fear preoccupateth it [death].'' --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. To prepossess; to prejudice. [Obs.] --Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster]


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  • preoccupate — transitive verb ( ed/ ing/ s) Etymology: Latin praeoccupatus, past participle of praeoccupare to seize beforehand, anticipate 1. obsolete a. : to take before : anticipate b …   Useful english dictionary

  • Preoccupancy — Pre*oc cu*pan*cy, n. [See {Preoccupate}.] The act or right of taking possession before another; as, the preoccupancy of wild land. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Preoccupied — Preoccupy Pre*oc cu*py, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Preoccupied} ( p[=i]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Preoccupying}.] [Cf. F. pr[ e]occuper. See {Preoccupate}, {Occupy}.] 1. To take possession of before another; as, to preoccupy a country not before held. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Preoccupy — Pre*oc cu*py, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Preoccupied} ( p[=i]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Preoccupying}.] [Cf. F. pr[ e]occuper. See {Preoccupate}, {Occupy}.] 1. To take possession of before another; as, to preoccupy a country not before held. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Preoccupying — Preoccupy Pre*oc cu*py, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Preoccupied} ( p[=i]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Preoccupying}.] [Cf. F. pr[ e]occuper. See {Preoccupate}, {Occupy}.] 1. To take possession of before another; as, to preoccupy a country not before held. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • preoccupato — pl.m. preoccupati sing.f. preoccupata pl.f. preoccupate …   Dizionario dei sinonimi e contrari

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