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Synonyms for preoccupied
priˈɒk yəˌpaɪdpre·oc·cu·pied

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. preoccupied

    As regards mental action, absorbed, abstracted, and preoccupied refer to the cause, absent or absent-minded to the effect. The man absorbed in one thing will appear absent in others. A preoccupied person may seem listless and thoughtless, but the really listless and thoughtless have not mental energy to be preoccupied. The absent-minded man is oblivious of ordinary matters, because his thoughts are elsewhere. One who is preoccupied is intensely busy in thought; one may be absent-minded either through intense concentration or simply through inattention, with fitful and aimless wandering of thought. Compare ABSTRACT.

    Synonyms:
    absent, absent-minded, absorbed, abstracted, heedless, inattentive, indifferent, listless, negligent, oblivious, thoughtless

    Antonyms:
    alert, attentive, on hand, prompt, ready, thoughtful, wide-awake

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bemused, deep in thought(p), lost(p), preoccupiedadjective

    deeply absorbed in thought

    "as distant and bemused as a professor listening to the prattling of his freshman class"; "lost in thought"; "a preoccupied frown"

    Antonyms:
    unconcerned, thoughtless

  2. haunted, obsessed, preoccupied, taken up(p)adjective

    having or showing excessive or compulsive concern with something

    "became more and more haunted by the stupid riddle"; "was absolutely obsessed with the girl"; "got no help from his wife who was preoccupied with the children"; "he was taken up in worry for the old woman"

    Antonyms:
    thoughtless, unconcerned

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. preoccupiedadjective

    Synonyms:
    inattentive, absent, absent-minded, lost, dreaming, musing, in a brown study

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "preoccupied":

    concerned, fascinated, worried, disturbed

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How to use preoccupied in a sentence?

  1. Francois Balloux:

    While we are preoccupied and fascinated by Omicron, Delta, the old enemy of the summer is still here causing damage, we have all got to be vaccinated. All this enchantment with Omicron is not an excuse to not get vaccinated.

  2. Lee Buchheit:

    Countries sometimes do become preoccupied with their internal political issues and they don't get around dealing with external debt problem until it becomes messy.

  3. Cheryl Harris:

    For anybody who’s ever taught in a classroom, the idea is to get the conversation flowing, and you can’t do that if you’re preoccupied with which side of the line are you going to be on, that is a chilling effect, and that is every bit as offensive to the First Amendment as a direct ban.

  4. Lawrence K. Frank:

    We are living the events which for centuries to come will be minutely studied by scholars who will undoubtedly describe these days as probably the most exciting and creative in the history of mankind. But preoccupied with our daily chores, our worries and personal hopes and ambitions, few of us are actually living in the present.

  5. Tom Carter:

    The snapshots in CHINA: Portrait of a People are not meant to be works of art. I was too preoccupied with participating, with reveling in the moment, to worry about their perfection. Their purpose, then, is to form a candid portrait of China exactly as China presented itself to me.


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