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Meaning of occupation by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English occupacioun, from Middle French occupation, from Latin occupatio .


    • ( US ) IPA: /ɑkjuːpeɪʃən/
    • ( UK ) IPA: /ɒkjuːpeɪʃən/
    • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


    occupation ( plural: occupations )

    1. An activity or task with which one occupies oneself; usually specifically the productive activity, service, trade, or craft for which one is regularly paid; a job .
    2. The act, process or state of possessing a place .
    3. The control of a country or region by a hostile army.


Explanation of occupation by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the act of occupying or taking possession of a building

    2. occupation of a building without a certificate of occupancy is illegal
    3. the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money

    4. any activity that occupies a person's attention

    5. he missed the bell in his occupation with the computer game
    6. the control of a country by military forces of a foreign power

    7. the period of time during which a place or position or nation is occupied

    8. during the German occupation of Paris

    Definition of occupation by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Occupation n. [L. occupatio: cf. F. occupation.]
      1. The act or process of occupying or taking possession; actual possession and control; the state of being occupied; a holding or keeping; tenure; use; as, “the occupation of lands by a tenant”.

      2. That which occupies or engages the time and attention.

      3. Specfically: The principal business of one's life; the principal work by which one earns one's livelihood; vocation; employment; profession; calling; trade; avocation; as, “these days many people continue to practice their occupation well into their seventies”.

      Absence of occupation is not rest. Cowper.

      Occupation bridge ( Engin. ), a bridge connecting the parts of an estate separated by a railroad, a canal, or an ordinary road.

      Syn. -- Occupancy; possession; tenure; use; employment; avocation; engagement; vocation; calling; office; trade; profession.