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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Absorbed in thought; engrossed.
  • adj. Excessively concerned with something; distracted.
  • adj. Formerly or already occupied.
  • adj. Already used and therefore unavailable for further use. Used of taxonomic names.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Concerned with something else; distracted; giving one's attention elsewhere.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of preoccupy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Occupied previously; engrossed; hence, lost in thought; meditative; abstracted.
  • In zoology and botany, already used as a name for a genus, species, etc., and therefore, by the laws of priority, rejected for any other genus, species, etc., to which it has been applied.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. deeply absorbed in thought
  • adj. having or showing excessive or compulsive concern with something

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