preoccupy
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /pɹiˈɒkjupaɪ/
  • (America) IPA: /pɹiˈɑkjupaɪ/
Verb

preoccupy

  1. (transitive) To distract; to occupy or draw attention elsewhere.
    The father tried to preoccupy the child with his keys.
  2. (transitive) To occupy or take possession of beforehand.
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