AskDefine | Define preoccupied

Dictionary Definition

preoccupied adj
1 deeply absorbed in thought; "as distant and bemused as a professor listening to the prattling of his freshman class"; "lost in thought"; "a preoccupied frown" [syn: bemused, deep in thought(p), lost(p)]
2 having or showing excessive or compulsive concern with something; "became more and more haunted by the stupid riddle"; "was absolutely obsessed with the girl"; "got no help from his wife who was preoccupied with the children"; "he was taken up in worry for the old woman" [syn: haunted, obsessed, taken up(p)]preoccupy


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]preoccupied See preoccupy

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Concerned with something else; distracted; giving one's attention elsewhere.
    I was preoccupied with a deadline at work, and I forgot his birthday.



Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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