from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To occupy completely the mind or attention of; engross. See Synonyms at monopolize.
- transitive v. To occupy or take possession of in advance or before another.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To distract; to occupy or draw attention elsewhere.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To take possession of before another.
- transitive v. To prepossess; to engage, occupy, or engross the attention of, beforehand; hence, to prejudice.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To occupy before others; take possession of or appropriate for use in advance of others.
- To fill beforehand; cause to be occupied previously.
- To occupy or engage the attention of beforehand; engross in advance of others; prepossess; preëngage.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. engage or engross the interest or attention of beforehand or occupy urgently or obsessively
- v. occupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance
From pre- + occupy. (Wiktionary)