Synonyms for preoccupied

Synonyms for (adjective) preoccupied

Synonyms: haunted, preoccupied, taken up, obsessed

Definition: having or showing excessive or compulsive concern with something

Usage: 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

Similar words: concerned

Definition: feeling or showing worry or solicitude

Usage: concerned parents of youthful offenders; was concerned about the future; we feel concerned about accomplishing the task at hand; greatly concerned not to disappoint a small child


Synonyms: preoccupied, bemused, deep in thought, lost

Definition: deeply absorbed in thought

Usage: as distant and bemused as a professor listening to the prattling of his freshman class; lost in thought; a preoccupied frown

Similar words: thoughtful

Definition: exhibiting or characterized by careful thought

Usage: a thoughtful paper