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  • 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

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  • 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.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • Phase One: preoccupation; difficulty focusing; dry mouth; perspiration, sweaty palms; dizziness and disorientation.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • 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.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
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