from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


Sorry, no etymologies found.



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