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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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#25698negligent
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#63892thoughtless
#69724inattentive
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#98935heedless

How to use preoccupied in a sentence?

  1. Paulina Porizkova:

    Starting last year- since my husband got diagnosed -Ive been on a strange journey. Paddling a canoe in a stormy sea. My boys are in the back, scared but preoccupied. Sometimes the waves are smaller and easier to navigate, some days I lose my paddle and waves threaten to overwhelm. But I know my purpose is to get myself and my kids to safety, to the beach.

  2. Christian Strenger:

    The top brass at VW group and Audi are so preoccupied with the diesel issue that the company's management is lastingly distracted.

  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. Adrian Archambault:

    Everybody has been so preoccupied with COVID the last few years it wasn’t maybe a bad thing to sort of do a re-check.

  5. 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.

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