Definitions for: Preoccupy

[v] 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"
[v] occupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance; "the army preoccupied the hills"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

2. 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. --Arbuthnot.

See Also: appropriate, capture, command, conquer, control, ghost, haunt, obsess, prepossess, seize, take over, usurp

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