preoccupy

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Verb[change]

Plain form
preoccupy

Third-person singular
preoccupies

Past tense
preoccupied

Past participle
preoccupied

Present participle
preoccupying

  1. (transitive) When you preoccupy someone, you try to distract the person.
    I preoccupied my son with a toy while I finish the work I was doing.