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Definitions and Synonyms of preoccupied | Another word for preoccupied | What is preoccupied?

Definition 1: having or showing excessive or compulsive concern with something - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where preoccupied or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for preoccupied in the sense of this definition

(preoccupied is similar to ...) feeling or showing worry or solicitude

"concerned parents of youthful offenders" "was concerned about the future" "we feel concerned about accomplishing the task at hand" "greatly concerned not to disappoint a small child"

Definition 2: deeply absorbed in thought - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where preoccupied or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • as distant and bemused as a professor listening to the prattling of his freshman class
  • lost in thought
  • a preoccupied frown

Synonyms for preoccupied in the sense of this definition

(preoccupied is similar to ...) exhibiting or characterized by careful thought

"a thoughtful paper"

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