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Meaning of occupy by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Middle English, from Old French occuper, from Latin occupare ( “to take possession of, seize, occupy, take up, employ” ), from ob ( “to, on” ) + capere ( “to take” ) .


    occupy ( third-person singular simple present occupies present participle occupying, simple past and past participle occupied )

    1. ( transitive ) To fill ( time ) .
      The film occupied three hours of my time .
    2. ( transitive ) To fill ( space ) .
      The historic mansion occupied two city blocks .
    3. ( transitive ) To live or reside in .
      We occupy a small flat .
    4. ( transitive, military ) To have, or to have taken, possession or control of ( a territory ).
    5. ( transitive ) To fill or hold ( an official position or role ) .
      I occupy the post of deputy cat catcher .
    6. ( transitive ) To possess or use the time or capacity of; to engage the service of .
      The film occupied me for three hours .
      I occupy myself on Wiktionary for hours a day .
    7. ( transitive ) To hold the attention of .
      I occupied her friend while he made his proposal .
    8. ( transitive, obsolete ) To cohabit, to have sexual intercourse with.[1]
      1590s: God's light, these villains will make the word as odious as the word 'occupy;' which was an excellent good word before it was ill sorted — William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 2, II.iv [3] .
    9. ( transitive, surveying ) To place the theodolite or total station at ( a point ) .


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    • Oxford English Dictionary, 1884-1928, and First Supplement, 1933

    See also

    See also

    1. ^ Sidney J. Baker, The Australian Language, second edition, 1966 .

    External links

    • occupy in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • occupy in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of occupy by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. consume all of one's attention or time

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

    3. require ( time or space )

    4. This event occupied a very short time
    5. assume, as of positions or roles

    6. he occupies the position of manager
      the young prince will soon occupy the throne
    7. keep busy with

    8. live ( in a certain place )

    9. he occupies two rooms on the top floor
    10. occupy the whole of

    11. be on the mind of

    Definition of occupy by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Occupy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Occupied ; p. pr. & vb. n. Occupying] [OE. occupien, F. occuper, fr.L. occupare; ob ( see Ob- ) + a word akin to capere to take. See Capacious.]
      1. To take or hold possession of; to hold or keep for use; to possess.

      Woe occupieth the fine [end] of our gladness. Chaucer.

      The better apartments were already occupied. W. Irving.

      2. To hold, or fill, the dimensions of; to take up the room or space of; to cover or fill; as, “the camp occupies five acres of ground”. Sir J. Herschel.

      3. To possess or use the time or capacity of; to engage the service of; to employ; to busy.

      An archbishop may have cause to occupy more chaplains than six. Eng. Statute ( Hen. VIII. )

      They occupied themselves about the Sabbath. 2 Macc. viii. 27.

      4. To do business in; to busy one's self with. [Obs.]

      All the ships of the sea, with their mariners, were in thee to occupy the merchandise. Ezek. xxvii. 9.

      Not able to occupy their old crafts. Robynson ( More's Utopia ).

      5. To use; to expend; to make use of. [Obs.]

      All the gold that was occupied for the work. Ex. xxxviii. 24.

      They occupy not money themselves. Robynson ( More's Utopia ).

      6. To have sexual intercourse with. [Obs.] Nares.

    2. Occupy, v. i.
      1. To hold possession; to be an occupant. “Occupy till I come.” Luke xix. 13.

      2. To follow business; to traffic.