ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ, oft ADJ with/by n
If you are preoccupied, you are thinking a lot about something or someone, and so you hardly notice other things.

Tom Banbury was preoccupied with the missing Shepherd child and did not want to devote time to the new murder...

She looked very preoccupied.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • preoccupied — adjective thinking about something a lot, with the result that you do not pay attention to other things: I tried to speak to Bella, but she seemed a little preoccupied. (+ with): Rod s completely preoccupied with all the wedding preparations at… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • preoccupied — adjective 1) officials preoccupied with their careers Syn: obsessed, concerned, absorbed, engrossed, intent, involved, wrapped up 2) she looked preoccupied Syn: lost/deep in thought, in a brown study, pensive, absen …   Thesaurus of popular words

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