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. To prepossess; to engage, occupy, or engross the attention of, beforehand; hence, to prejudice. [1913 Webster]

I Think it more respectful to the reader to leave something to reflections than to preoccupy his judgment. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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