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Meaning of occupying by Wiktionary Dictionary




    1. Present participle of occupy .

Definition of occupying 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. occupying n. the act of taking occupancy.

    Syn. -- occupation, moving in.