1 engage or engross the interest or attention of beforehand or occupy urgently or obsessively; "His work preoccupies him"; "The matter preoccupies her completley--she cannot think of anything else"
2 occupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance; "the army preoccupied the hills" [also: preoccupied]
- To distract; to
occupy or draw attention elsewhere.
- The father tried to preoccupy the child with his keys.
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