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prae-occupō āvī, ātus, āre,

to seize upon beforehand, preoccupy: Macedoniam, N.: opportuna loca, L.: praeoccupatum sese legatione ab Cn. Pompeio, Cs.—Fig., to seize in advance, preoccupy: animos timor praeoccupaverat, Cs.: praeoccupati beneficio animi, i. e. won over beforehand, L.—To anticipate, prevent: ad praeoccupanda Andranodori consilia, L.: ne alteruter alterum praeoccuparet, N.: legem ferre, hasten to bring the bill sooner before the people, L.

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