absorbed in thought

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absorbed in thought

Fully and deeply engrossed in a thought or idea, often to such a degree as to be unaware of or insensitive to the outside world. It's no use trying to talk to Helen when she's absorbed in thought like that; it's as if we don't even exist!
See also: absorb, thought
References in classic literature ?
Left by herself, Francine sat with her elbows on the table and her face in her hands, absorbed in thought.
Reaching a shrubbery which bounded one side of the grounds next, her Ladyship became aware of a man slowly approaching her, to all appearance absorbed in thought.
While he had been absorbed in thought, they had shipped their oars and hoisted sail; the boat was now moving with the wind.
Yes, mother, yes,' said Nicholas, who had hitherto remained silent and absorbed in thought.
His right hand was raised to his lips, and as, absorbed in thought, he hit his long black nails, he disclosed among his toothless gums a few such fangs as should have been a dog's or rat's.
She was absorbed in thought, and he wondered what she might be thinking about.