preoccupate

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From past participle stem of Latin praeoccupare, from prae- (pre-) + occupare (occupy); equivalent to pre- +‎ occupate.

Verb[edit]

preoccupate (third-person singular simple present preoccupates, present participle preoccupating, simple past and past participle preoccupated)

  1. (obsolete) To influence, to occupy (the mind) in advance; to be preoccupied with.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society, 2006, vol.1, p.40:
      the mad and fond curiositie of our nature, ammusing it selfe to preoccupate future things, as if it had not enough to doe to digest the present.
  2. (obsolete) To meet in advance; to forestall, pre-empt.

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

preoccupate

  1. feminine plural of preoccupato

Verb[edit]

preoccupate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of preoccupare
  2. second-person plural imperative of preoccupare
  3. feminine plural of preoccupato