Occupied vs. Preoccupied - What's the difference?


  • Occupied

    Occupied (Norwegian: Okkupert) is a Norwegian political thriller TV series that premiered on TV2 on 5 October 2015. Based on an original idea by Jo Nesbø, the series is directed by Erik Skjoldbjærg. Season 2 premiered on 10 October 2017.With a budget of 90 million kr (US$11 million), the series is the most expensive Norwegian production to date and has been sold to the UK, Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Serbia, Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, and Portugal. It is also streamed by Netflix in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Ireland, the United Kingdom, India, Canada, Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands. The series depicts a fictional near future in which Russia, with support from the European Union, occupies Norway to restore its oil and gas production, in response to a Europe-wide energy crisis caused by the coming to power of Norway's Green Party, which stopped the country's oil and gas production.The series has been renewed for a third season.


  • Occupied (adjective)

    Reserved, engaged.

    "The stall on the left is occupied."

  • Occupied (adjective)

    Busy, unavailable.

    "She is occupied at the moment."

  • Occupied (adjective)

    Subjugated, under the control of a foreign military presence.

    "My father travelled to occupied Japan in December 1945."

  • Occupied (verb)

    simple past tense and past participle of occupy

  • Preoccupied (adjective)

    Concerned with something else; distracted; giving one's attention elsewhere.

    "I was preoccupied with a deadline at work, and I forgot his birthday."

  • Preoccupied (verb)

    simple past tense and past participle of preoccupy

Oxford Dictionary

  • Occupied (adjective)

    (of a building, seat, etc.) being used by someone

    "only the ground floor is fully occupied"

  • Occupied (adjective)

    busy and active

    "tasks which kept her occupied for the day"

  • Occupied (adjective)

    (of a place, especially a country) taken control of by military conquest or settlement

    "the occupied territories"

  • Preoccupied (adjective)

    engrossed in thought; distracted

    "she seemed a bit preoccupied"

Webster Dictionary

  • Occupied

    Engaged; in use; being used by a person and not free for use by someone else; as, the wc is occupied. Opposite of free, available, and unoccupied.

  • Occupied

    Inhabited, lived-in, tenanted; having residents; - of dwelling units.

  • Occupied

    Overrun, taken over; - of countries or territories; as, occupied France. Opposite of unoccupied.

  • Occupied

    Busy; actively or fully engaged in some activity; - of people. Opposite of idle.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Occupied (adjective)

    held or filled or in use;

    "she keeps her time well occupied"

    "the wc is occupied"

  • Occupied (adjective)

    seized and controlled as by military invasion;

    "the occupied countries of Europe"

  • Occupied (adjective)

    resided in; having tenants;

    "not all the occupied (or tenanted) apartments were well kept up"

  • Occupied (adjective)

    having ones attention or mind or energy engaged;

    "she keeps herself fully occupied with volunteer activities"

    "deeply engaged in conversation"

  • Preoccupied (adjective)

    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"

  • Preoccupied (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"




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