Definition of Occupy

1. Verb. Keep busy with. "She busies herself with her butterfly collection"

Exact synonyms: Busy
Generic synonyms: Work
Specialized synonyms: Potter, Putter, Dabble, Play Around, Smatter
Derivative terms: Occupation

2. Verb. Live (in a certain place). "He occupies two rooms on the top floor"
Exact synonyms: Lodge In, Reside
Specialized synonyms: Move In, Stay At, Squat, Crash
Generic synonyms: Dwell, Inhabit, Live, Populate
Derivative terms: Occupancy, Occupant, Occupation, Occupier, Residence, Residency, Resident, Resident

3. Verb. Occupy the whole of. "The books occupy the box "; "The liquid fills the container"
Exact synonyms: Fill
Specialized synonyms: Crowd, Take Up
Generic synonyms: Be
Derivative terms: Occupation

4. Verb. Be on the mind of. "The bad news will occupy him"; "I worry about the second Germanic consonant shift"
Exact synonyms: Concern, Interest, Worry
Derivative terms: Concern, Concern, Interest, Occupation

5. Verb. March aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation. "Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939"
Exact synonyms: Invade
Generic synonyms: Assail, Attack
Specialized synonyms: Infest, Overrun
Derivative terms: Invader, Invasion, Invasive, Occupation, Occupier

6. Verb. Require (time or space). "They occupy a long time"; "This event occupied a very short time"
Exact synonyms: Take, Use Up
Related verbs: Consume, Deplete, Eat, Eat Up, Exhaust, Run Through, Use Up, Wipe Out
Generic synonyms: Expend, Use
Specialized synonyms: Be
Derivative terms: Occupation

7. Verb. Consume all of one's attention or time. "They occupy themselves"; "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
Exact synonyms: Absorb, Engage, Engross
Specialized synonyms: Involve, Consume, Rivet
Generic synonyms: Interest
Derivative terms: Absorption, Engrossment, Engrossment, Engrossment, Occupation, Occupation

8. Verb. Assume, as of positions or roles. "The young prince will soon occupy the throne"
Exact synonyms: Fill, Take
Related verbs: Assume, Strike, Take, Take Up
Generic synonyms: Do Work, Work

Definition of Occupy

1. v. t. To take or hold possession of; to hold or keep for use; to possess.

2. v. i. To hold possession; to be an occupant.

Definition of Occupy

1. Verb. (transitive) To fill (time). ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To fill (space). ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To live or reside in. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive military) To have, or to have taken, possession or control of (a territory). ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To fill or hold (an official position or role). ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To possess or use the time or capacity of; to engage the service of. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To hold the attention of. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive, obsolete) To cohabit, to have sexual intercourse with.Sidney J. Baker, ''The Australian Language'', second edition, 1966. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive surveying) To place the theodolite or total station at (a point). ¹

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Definition of Occupy

1. to engage the attention or energies of [v -PIED, -PYING, -PIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Occupy

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occupational spasm
occupational therapist
occupational therapists
occupational therapy
occupy oneself

Literary usage of Occupy

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1904)
"However, they are more vigorous under those favorable conditions and soon occupy the land to the exclusion of the cypress. These marginal forms include ..."

2. Hunger by Knut Hamsun (1920)
"A dog that dashed by me, a yellow rose in a man's buttonhole, had the power to set my thoughts vibrating and occupy me for a length of time. ..."

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