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preoccupy

 
Verb preoccupy has 2 senses
  1. preoccupy - engage or engross the interest or attention of beforehand or occupy urgently or obsessively; "His work preoccupies him"; "The matter preoccupies her completley--she cannot think of anything else"
    --1 is one way to
    control, command
    Derived forms: noun preoccupation1, noun preoccupation2, noun preoccupancy1
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s somebody
  2. preoccupy - occupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance; "the army preoccupied the hills"
    --2 is one way to
    assume, usurp, seize, take over, arrogate
    Derived form: noun preoccupation3
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
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