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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.