The matter preoccupies her completely—she cannot think of anything else
got no help from his wife who was preoccupied with the children
His work preoccupies him
a preoccupied frown
Kyle was astonished that he hadn’t found out about the divorce somehow, and Hatton was too preoccupied by my dad’s creepy bedroom museum of death to talk about anything else.
John Corey Whaley -- Nogin
She passed an art gallery, almost walked by it in her preoccupation, then turned and went back.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Notebook
They seemed to be preoccupied, and he wished he could reach up and grab them and train them on the here and now.
Alice Sebold -- The Lovely Bones
And, alas … that goddess is preoccupied at the moment.
Rick Riordan -- The Titan’s Curse
Water from the river now stretched across the road, but in her preoccupied state, she didn’t realize it until she plowed into the water.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Lucky One
GEORGE (Seemingly relaxed and preoccupied, never looking): Oh, that’s nice.
Edward Albee -- Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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By this point, I had been preoccupied for some hours with the matter of Miss Kenton’s sorrow, having given particular thought to the question of what I might best do or say to ease her burden a little.
Kazuo Ishiguro -- The Remains of the Day
She knew I was preoccupied by Grandpa, but my head was also filled now with storytellers and magicians in dark caves.
David Almond -- Kit’s Wilderness
Maybe I was being dramatic, but I thought it was okay to guilt my best friend into spending time with me since I’d been, you know, preoccupied for so long.
John Corey Whaley -- Nogin
My mind has been so preoccupied with all things Will I haven’t had time to process my impending doom.
Colleen Hoover -- Slammed
He wasn’t preoccupied with pretending to be something he wasn’t, and his face was an open book.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Longest Ride
The rest of Pakistan was preoccupied with something else—the Taliban had moved right into the heart of our nation’s capital, Islamabad.
Malala Yousafzai -- I Am Malala
On this particular day, Rosemarie was preoccupied with my headgear.
Piper Kerman -- Orange Is the New Black
Forbidding sex between white women and black men became an intense preoccupation throughout the South.
Bryan Stevenson -- Just Mercy
Hanging up the phone, she seemed preoccupied for a moment before leaning forward and putting the handset on the table.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Choice
I had little time to spare for Mike, but I did notice that he seemed deeply preoccupied.
Farley Mowat -- Never Cry Wolf
What little part of my mind wasn’t leaden with fatigue was preoccupied with the screaming pain across my back.
Patrick Rothfuss -- The Name of the Wind
"You’ll have your due turn," I said, annoyed that he was still preoccupied with the issue.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
It was a game the Portuguese had taught the Sinhalese in the 15th century to keep them quiet and preoccupied while they invaded the country.
Michael Ondaatje -- Running in the Family
I’ve been too preoccupied with dealing with my mother and taking care of Paige to pay much attention to my looks.
Susan Ee -- Angelfall
She picked a flat-head screwdriver from the toolbox and started twirling it over her fingers, anything to keep her hands preoccupied.
Marissa Meyer -- Cinder
Will seemed preoccupied for the rest of the afternoon.
Jojo Moyes -- Me Before You
Half a dozen gorgeous dryads moved between the tables, offering food and drink, but I was so preoccupied I couldn’t fully appreciate their beauty.
Rick Riordan -- The Trials of Apollo
Kate was too preoccupied to notice.
Trenton Lee Stewart -- The Mysterious Benedict Society
And his father …. his father would always be preoccupied with conquest—and wouldn’t stop until every continent bore Adarlan’s flag.
Sarah J. Maas -- Throne of Glass
This was in the castle courtyard, and when the Prince appeared, the Count was, as usual, with him, although, not as usual, the Count seemed preoccupied.
William Goldman -- The Princess Bride
"I know a little, but only a few stitches," said Esperanza, remembering Abuelita’s blanket of zigzag rows that she had been too preoccupied to unpack.
Pam Munoz Ryan -- Esperanza Rising
SILAS HAD BEEN PREOCCUPIED for the previous several months.
Neil Gaiman -- The Graveyard Book
Fredi didn’t want the kids preoccupied when they presented themselves to the experts.
Joshua Davis -- Spare Parts
But the train jolts into motion, and the man finishes his cigarette and gives her a preoccupied smile and promptly falls asleep.
Anthony Doerr -- All the Light We Cannot See
I’m a little preoccupied watching the sweat drip down his chest.
I don’t know what’s so mesmerizing about it but I’m not arguing, because while she’s preoccupied with studying the room, I can study her.
Katja Millay -- The Sea of Tranquility
Bennington knew more than anyone, but his major preoccupation was to erase his own trail of incompetence and his contribution toward actually shoving the true portrait of the Yamacraw School before my eyes was negligible.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
It would be a mistake, however, to assume that Confederate soldiers were constantly preoccupied with this matter.
James M. McPherson -- What They Fought For - 1861-1865
Tante Jans’s preoccupation with death might have been funny, but it wasn’t.
Corrie Ten Boom -- The Hiding Place
Metty, too, was like a man with preoccupations.
V.S. Naipaul -- A Bend in the River
I could not really have cared less one way or another, but I was still surprised, and there was something vaguely negative and self-preoccupied in my reaction.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
I was preoccupied debating whether or not I really wanted to meet Elliot tonight.
Becca Fitzpatrick -- Hush, Hush
From the moment of Monty’s arrival until bedtime, Stephano kept the children under his constant surveillance, a phrase which here means "kept watching them so they couldn’t possibly talk to Uncle Monty alone and reveal that he was really Count Olaf," and Uncle Monty was too preoccupied to think that anything unusual was going on.
Lemony Snicket -- The Reptile Room
, Preoccupied with my growing fear, I didn’t at first hear the hoofbeats.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
He seemed preoccupied.
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
I’ve been so preoccupied with the trials that I almost don’t notice when it’s my turn to serve again.
Victoria Aveyard -- Red Queen
Once, in her job as a legal secretary, at a big closing, she had ridden in a fabulous stretch; but she had been jammed in the backseat with four preoccupied lawyers.
James Patterson -- 1st to Die
She knew that her mother was absentminded and preoccupied, but this was ridiculous.
Kate DiCamillo -- Flora & Ulysses
I never understood her preoccupation with heredity.