preoccupy

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French préoccuper as if pre- +‎ occupy.

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preoccupy (third-person singular simple present preoccupies, present participle preoccupying, simple past and past participle preoccupied)

  1. To distract; to occupy or draw attention elsewhere.
    The father tried to preoccupy the child with his keys.

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