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I've been reading poetry in which the poet is grappling with their human experience and was clearly all immersed in thinking about this at the time. This was likely the sole thing that occupied their mind.

Is there a good way of expressing the idea of one's mind being consistently captivated/immersed/engulfed by some idea/thought.

Example usage:

Jake's pursuit of deciphering the code completely ________ him.

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    Completely consumed him. Or he was completely preoccupied with ... – Jim Apr 19 '16 at 2:29
  • Absorbed him? – Yay Apr 19 '16 at 6:37
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consume (kənˈsjuːm)

vb

  1. (tr) to eat or drink
  2. (tr; often passive) to engross or obsess
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Consider obsessed.

Obsess definition :

  • to dominate or preoccupy the thoughts, feelings, or desires of (a person); beset, trouble, or haunt persistently or abnormally.

  • to think about something unceasingly or persistently; dwell obsessively upon something.

Example: In Hawthorne's story "The Birthmark", we see a scientist obsessed with the desire to remedy nature's imperfections, with predictably disastrous results.

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com·mit·ted

kəˈmidəd/

adjective

adjective: committed

feeling dedication and loyalty to a cause, activity, or job; wholeheartedly dedicated.

"a committed reformer"

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I like the use of the word "engulfed" here.

engulf - verb

past tense: engulfed; past participle: engulfed

  1. (of a natural force) sweep over (something) so as to surround or cover it completely. "the cafe was engulfed in flames" synonyms: inundate, flood, deluge, immerse, swamp, wash out, swallow up, submerge; More

  2. powerfully affect (someone); overwhelm. "a feeling of anguish so great that it threatened to engulf him" synonyms: inundate, flood, deluge, immerse, swamp, wash out, swallow up, submerge; More

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You could say that the poet was preoccupied with these thoughts:

to be thought about or worried about by (someone) very often or constantly

Jake's pursuit of deciphering the code completely preoccupied him.

[Merriam-Webster]

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