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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Preoccupy \Pre*oc"cu*py\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Preoccupied (-p[imac]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Preoccupying.] [Cf. F. pr['e]occuper. See Preoccupate, Occupy.] 1. To take possession of before another; as, to preoccupy a country not before held. [1913 Webster] 2. To prepossess; to engage, occupy, or engross the attention of, beforehand; hence, to prejudice. [1913 Webster] I Think it more respectful to the reader to leave something to reflections than to preoccupy his judgment. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

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