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Synonyms for preoccupied
priˈɒk yəˌpaɪd

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bemused, deep in thought(p), lost(p), preoccupied(adj)

    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)(adj)

    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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. preoccupied(a.)

    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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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#3025concerned
#6793absent
#7759disturbed
#8343worried
#13521absorbed
#23335fascinated
#24087indifferent
#25698negligent
#33501oblivious
#40280preoccupied
#41382abstracted
#63892thoughtless
#69724inattentive
#81711listless
#98935heedless

How to use preoccupied in a sentence?

  1. 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.

  2. Neil Mellor:

    My concern is - and this is something possibly the market has thought about - that we've got preoccupied with the election but there is still a lot of uncertainty post-election.

  3. Marianne Williamson:

    Fill your mind with the meaningless stimuli of a world preoccupied with meaningless things, and it will not be easy to feel peace in your heart.

  4. Abel Abate Demissie:

    The country was preoccupied with fulfilling its basic needs in the past. Now it has become ambitious and is undertaking massive infrastructure projects by itself.

  5. Emeasoba George:

    Self-centeredness is nothing else but being preoccupied only with oneself or one's own affairs. It is more of being too interested in yourself and not caring about the needs or feelings of other people. And that is inhumane. Oh! yes, life is not meant to be all about you. In fact, meeting someone else's or other people's needs should be one of your priorities in all you do in life (mark you). ~Emeasoba George


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