Preoccupy
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British pronunciation/pɹɪˈɒkjʊpˌa‍ɪ/
American pronunciation/pɹiˈɑkjəˌpaɪ/
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to engage someone's mind or attention fully, especially with worries or concerns

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occupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance

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Recent political scandals have preoccupied voters and dominated public discourse.
She has been preoccupied with worries about her children's health and safety.
Students can become preoccupied by their phones and fail to focus in class.
"Not now," she grunted, clearly preoccupied with her thoughts.
She completed the task half-heartedly, as her mind was preoccupied with other concerns.
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