Definition of Occupy in English :

Define Occupy in English

Occupy meaning in English

Meaning of Occupy in English

Pronunciation of Occupy in English

Occupy pronunciation in English

Pronounce Occupy in English


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1. busy, occupy

keep busy with

Example Sentences:
'She busies herself with her butterfly collection'

2. lodge in, occupy, reside

live (in a certain place)

Example Sentences:
'She resides in Princeton'
'he occupies two rooms on the top floor'

3. fill, occupy

occupy the whole of

Example Sentences:
'The liquid fills the container'

4. concern, interest, occupy, worry

be on the mind of

Example Sentences:
'I worry about the second Germanic consonant shift'

5. invade, occupy

march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation

Example Sentences:
'Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939'

6. occupy, take, use up

require (time or space)

Example Sentences:
'It took three hours to get to work this morning'
'This event occupied a very short time'

7. absorb, engage, engross, occupy

consume all of one's attention or time

Example Sentences:
'Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely'

8. fill, occupy, take

assume, as of positions or roles

Example Sentences:
'She took the job as director of development'
'he occupies the position of manager'
'the young prince will soon occupy the throne'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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verb -pies, -pying or -pied (transitive)
to live or be established in (a house, flat, office, etc)
2. (often passive)
to keep (a person) busy or engrossed; engage the attention of
3. (often passive)
to take up (a certain amount of time or space)
to take and hold possession of, esp as a demonstration
students occupied the college buildings
to fill or hold (a position or rank)

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verb transitiveWord forms: ˈoccuˌpied or ˈoccuˌpying
to take possession of by settlement or seizure
to hold possession of by tenure
; specif.,
to dwell in
to hold (a position or office)
to take up or fill up (space, time, etc.)
to employ, busy, or engage (oneself, one's attention, mind, etc.)

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


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tr.v. oc·cu·pied, oc·cu·py·ing, oc·cu·pies
1. To fill up (time or space): a lecture that occupied three hours.
2. To dwell or reside in (an apartment, for example).
3. To hold or fill (an office or position).
4. To seize possession of and maintain control over forcibly or by conquest: The troops occupied the city.
5. To engage or employ the attention or concentration of: occupied the children with coloring books.

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