PREOCCUPY in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of PREOCCUPY
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preoccupy
 v.  occupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance
Classic Sentence: (50 in 4 pages)
1  When many varied sensations have agitated the day, when various matters preoccupy the mind, one falls asleep once, but not a second time.
Les Misérables (V1) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 2: CHAPTER X—THE MAN AROUSED
2  Arkady's face retained the expression of the preceding day; Katya had a preoccupied look.
Fathers and Children By Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXVI
3  Pierre, on unexpectedly becoming Count Bezukhov and a rich man, felt himself after his recent loneliness and freedom from cares so beset and preoccupied that only in bed was he able to be by himself.
War and Peace(V1) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 3: CHAPTER I
4  The Emperor Francis, a rosy, long faced young man, sat very erect on his handsome black horse, looking about him in a leisurely and preoccupied manner.
War and Peace(V1) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 3: CHAPTER XV
5  At that moment, with noiseless footsteps and with the businesslike, preoccupied, yet meekly Christian look which never left her face, Anna Mikhaylovna entered the hall.
War and Peace(V2) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 4: CHAPTER II
6  Pierre had the air of a man preoccupied with considerations which had no connection with the matter in hand.
War and Peace(V2) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 4: CHAPTER IV
7  Prince Andrew, depressed and preoccupied with the business about which he had to speak to the Marshal, was driving up the avenue in the grounds of the Rostovs' house at Otradnoe.
War and Peace(V2) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 6: CHAPTER II
8  Hardly had he got rid of his hat before he ran into Prince Andrew's room with a preoccupied air and at once began talking.
War and Peace(V2) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 6: CHAPTER XVIII
9  Pierre, who had come downstairs, walked through the rooms and struck everyone by his preoccupied, absent-minded, and morose air.
War and Peace(V2) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 6: CHAPTER XXII
10  All that day and the next his friends and comrades noticed that Rostov, without being dull or angry, was silent, thoughtful, and preoccupied.
War and Peace(V3) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 9: CHAPTER XV
11  Pierre had been silent and preoccupied all through dinner, seeming not to grasp what was said.
War and Peace(V3) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 9: CHAPTER XX
12  And from the height of this perception all that had previously tormented and preoccupied him suddenly became illumined by a cold white light without shadows, without perspective, without distinction of outline.
War and Peace(V4) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 10: CHAPTER XXIV
13  He tried to pass either in front of them or to the right or left, but there were soldiers everywhere, all with the same preoccupied expression and busy with some unseen but evidently important task.
War and Peace(V4) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 10: CHAPTER XXXI
14  Kutuzov's expression grew more and more preoccupied and gloomy.
War and Peace(V4) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 11: CHAPTER III
15  He screwed up his seeing eye to scrutinize the messenger more carefully, as if wishing to read in his face what preoccupied his own mind.
War and Peace(V5) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 13: CHAPTER XVII
Example Sentence:
1  People are just too preoccupied with trying to survive, to join militant movements.
2  He had increasingly become preoccupied by the workings of business.
3  His mannerisms are more those of a preoccupied math professor.
4  Economic concerns are preoccupying the voters in this election.
5  Something seems to be preoccupying her at the moment.