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Preoccupy vs. Obsess

Difference Between Preoccupy and Obsess

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Preoccupy

To occupy completely the mind or attention of; engross.
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Obsess

To preoccupy the mind of (someone) excessively.
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Preoccupy

(transitive) To distract; to draw attention elsewhere.
The father tried to preoccupy the child with his keys.
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Obsess

To have the mind excessively preoccupied with a single emotion or topic
The conference organizer obsessed over the smallest of details.
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Preoccupy

(transitive) To worry or concern (someone) so as to distract them.
It always preoccupies me when he acts like this.
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Obsess

To be preoccupied with a single topic or emotion.
Some people are obsessed with sports.
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Preoccupy

To occupy or take possession of beforehand.
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Obsess

(transitive) To dominate the thoughts of someone.
Thoughts of her obsess my every waking moment.
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Preoccupy

To take possession of before another; as, to preoccupy a country not before held.
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Obsess

To think or talk obsessively about.
Stop obsessing over it, will you!
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Preoccupy

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.
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Obsess

To besiege; to beset.
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Preoccupy

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
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Obsess

To excessively preoccupy the thoughts or feelings of; to haunt the mind persistently.
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Preoccupy

Occupy or take possession of beforehand or before another or appropriate for use in advance;
The army preoccupied the hills
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Obsess

To be excessively or persistently preoccupied with something; - usually used with on or over; as, to obsess over an imagined insult.
At all ages children are driven to figure out what it takes to succeed among their peers and to give these strategies precedence over anything their parents foist on them. Weary parents know they are no match for a child's peers, and rightly obsess over the best neighborhood in which to bring their children up.
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Obsess

Haunt like a ghost; pursue;
Fear of illness haunts her
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Obsess

Be preoccupied with something;
She is obsessing over her weight
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