Definitions for occupyˈɒk yəˌpaɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

oc•cu•pyˈɒk yəˌpaɪ(v.)-pied, -py•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to have, hold, or take as a separate space; possess, reside in or on, or claim:

    The orchard occupies half the farm.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. to be a resident or tenant of; dwell in.

  3. to fill up, employ, or engage:

    to occupy time reading.

  4. to engage or employ the mind, energy, or attention of:

    We occupied the children with a game.

  5. to take possession and control of (a place), as by military invasion.

  6. to hold (a position, office, etc.).

  7. (v.i.)to take or hold possession.

Origin of occupy:

1300–50; < OF occuper < L occupāre to seize, take hold, make one's own


Princeton's WordNet

  1. busy, occupy(verb)

    keep busy with

    "She busies herself with her butterfly collection"

  2. occupy, reside, lodge in(verb)

    live (in a certain place)

    "She resides in Princeton"; "he occupies two rooms on the top floor"

  3. occupy, fill(verb)

    occupy the whole of

    "The liquid fills the container"

  4. concern, interest, occupy, worry(verb)

    be on the mind of

    "I worry about the second Germanic consonant shift"

  5. invade, occupy(verb)

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

    "Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939"

  6. take, occupy, use up(verb)

    require (time or space)

    "It took three hours to get to work this morning"; "This event occupied a very short time"

  7. absorb, engross, engage, occupy(verb)

    consume all of one's attention or time

    "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"

  8. fill, take, occupy(verb)

    assume, as of positions or roles

    "She took the job as director of development"; "he occupies the position of manager"; "the young prince will soon occupy the throne"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. occupy(verb)ˈɒk yəˌpaɪ

    to fill or be using a room, building, or space; = take up

    A couch and chairs occupied most of the space.; The company currently occupies the first and second floors.

  2. occupyˈɒk yəˌpaɪ

    (of a military) to take control of another country or area

    the forces occupying our land

  3. occupyˈɒk yəˌpaɪ

    to live in or use a building, room, or other space

    the couple who currently occupy the apartment

  4. occupyˈɒk yəˌpaɪ

    to fill sb's time or keep sb's attention

    She tried to occupy herself with a book.; the worries that had occupied her mind


  1. occupy(Verb)

    To fill (time).

    The film occupied three hours of my time.

  2. occupy(Verb)

    To fill (space).

    The historic mansion occupied two city blocks.

  3. occupy(Verb)

    To live or reside in.

    We occupy a small flat.

  4. occupy(Verb)

    To have, or to have taken, possession or control of (a territory).

  5. occupy(Verb)

    To fill or hold (an official position or role).

    I occupy the post of deputy cat catcher.

  6. occupy(Verb)

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

  7. occupy(Verb)

    To hold the attention of.

    I occupied her friend while he made his proposal.

  8. occupy(Verb)

    To cohabit, to have sexual intercourse with.

  9. occupy(Verb)

    To place the theodolite or total station at (a point).

  10. Origin: from occuper, from occupare, from ob + capere.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'occupy' in Verbs Frequency: #432

Translations for occupy

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to be in or fill (time, space etc)

A table occupied the centre of the room.

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