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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pre·oc·cu·py /-ˌpaɪ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pre·oc·cu·py v. t. [imp. & p. p. Preoccupied p. pr. & vb. n. Preoccupying ]
 1. To take possession of before another; as, to preoccupy a country not before held.
 2. To prepossess; to engage, occupy, or engross the attention of, beforehand; hence, to prejudice.
    I Think it more respectful to the reader to leave something to reflections than to preoccupy his judgment.   --Arbuthnot.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: engage or engross the interest or attention of beforehand or
           occupy urgently or obsessively; "His work preoccupies
           him"; "The matter preoccupies her completley--she cannot
           think of anything else"
      2: occupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or
         appropriate for use in advance; "the army preoccupied the
      [also: preoccupied]