Synonyms for preoccupy
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- 1. preoccupy, control, command
- usage: engage or engross the interest or attention of beforehand or occupy urgently or obsessively; "His work preoccupies him"; "The matter preoccupies her completely--she cannot think of anything else"
- 2. preoccupy, assume, usurp, seize, take over, arrogate
- usage: occupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance; "the army preoccupied the hills"