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 for preoccupied
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Preoccupy \Pre*oc"cu*py\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Preoccupied
     (-p[imac]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Preoccupying.] [Cf. F.
     pr['e]occuper. See Preoccupate, Occupy.]
     1. To take possession of before another; as, to preoccupy a
        country not before held.
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     2. To prepossess; to engage, occupy, or engross the attention
        of, beforehand; hence, to prejudice.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              I Think it more respectful to the reader to leave
              something to reflections than to preoccupy his
              judgment.                             --Arbuthnot.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  preoccupied
      adj 1: 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" [syn:
             bemused, deep in thought(p), lost(p),
             preoccupied]
      2: 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" [syn: haunted,
         obsessed, preoccupied, taken up(p)]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  151 Moby Thesaurus words for "preoccupied":
     absent, absentminded, absorbed, absorbed in, abstracted, assiduous,
     bemused, besotted, blind, buried in, buried in thought,
     castle-building, caught up in, constant, contemplating,
     contemplative, continuing, daydreaming, daydreamy, deaf, deep,
     devoted, devoted to, diligent, dogged, dreaming, dreamy, drowsing,
     ecstatic, elsewhere, enduring, engaged, engaged in thought,
     engrossed, engrossed in, engrossed in thought, faithful, faraway,
     fixated, forgetful, gripped, half-awake, held, hung-up, immersed,
     immersed in, immersed in thought, immutable, in a reverie,
     in the clouds, inalterable, indefatigable, indomitable,
     industrious, infatuated, insensible, insistent, intent, intent on,
     introspective, invincible, involved, lasting, lost, lost in,
     lost in thought, loyal, meditating, meditative, monomaniac,
     monomaniacal, monopolized, mooning, moonraking, museful, musing,
     napping, never-tiring, nodding, oblivious, obsessed, obstinate,
     occupied, patient, patient as Job, pensive, permanent, perseverant,
     persevering, persistent, persisting, pertinacious, pipe-dreaming,
     plodding, plugging, possessed, prepossessed, rapt, relentless,
     resolute, sedulous, single-minded, sleepless, slogging,
     somewhere else, stable, stargazing, steadfast, steady, stubborn,
     studious, studying, submerged in, swept up, taken up,
     taken up with, tenacious, tireless, totally absorbed, transported,
     unabating, unconquerable, unconscious, undaunted, undiscouraged,
     undrooping, unfailing, unfaltering, unflagging, unflinching,
     unintermitting, uninterrupted, unnodding, unrelaxing, unrelenting,
     unremitting, unsleeping, unswerving, untiring, unwavering,
     unwearied, unwearying, unwinking, utterly attentive, weariless,
     woolgathering, wrapped, wrapped in, wrapped in thought, wrapped up,
     wrapped up in
  
  

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