Definitions for occupyˈɒk yəˌpaɪ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
oc•cu•pyˈɒk yəˌpaɪ(v.)-pied, -py•ing.
(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
to be a resident or tenant of; dwell in.
to fill up, employ, or engage:
to occupy time reading.
to engage or employ the mind, energy, or attention of:
We occupied the children with a game.
to take possession and control of (a place), as by military invasion.
to hold (a position, office, etc.).
(v.i.)to take or hold possession.
Origin of occupy:
1300–50; < OF occuper < L occupāre to seize, take hold, make one's own
keep busy with
"She busies herself with her butterfly collection"
occupy, reside, lodge in(verb)
live (in a certain place)
"She resides in Princeton"; "he occupies two rooms on the top floor"
occupy the whole of
"The liquid fills the container"
concern, interest, occupy, worry(verb)
be on the mind of
"I worry about the second Germanic consonant shift"
march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation
"Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939"
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"
absorb, engross, engage, occupy(verb)
consume all of one's attention or time
"Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
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
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.
(of a military) to take control of another country or area
the forces occupying our land
to live in or use a building, room, or other space
the couple who currently occupy the apartment
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
To fill (time).
The film occupied three hours of my time.
To fill (space).
The historic mansion occupied two city blocks.
To live or reside in.
We occupy a small flat.
To have, or to have taken, possession or control of (a territory).
To fill or hold (an official position or role).
I occupy the post of deputy cat catcher.
To possess or use the time or capacity of; to engage the service of.
To hold the attention of.
I occupied her friend while he made his proposal.
To cohabit, to have sexual intercourse with.
To place the theodolite or total station at (a point).
Origin: from occuper, from occupare, from ob + capere.
Translations for occupy
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to be in or fill (time, space etc)
A table occupied the centre of the room.
- inneem, in beslag neemAfrikaans
- ocuparPortuguese (BR)
- optage; fyldeDanish
- καταλαμβάνω, απασχολώGreek
- enda alla võtmaEstonian
- قرار داشتن؛ پر کردنFarsi
- taka, ná yfirIcelandic
- (공간, 시간 등을) 차지하다Korean
- aizņemt (laiku, platību)Latvian
- in beslag nemenDutch
- oppta, innehaNorwegian
- zajmować, mieszkaćPolish
- قرار داشتن؛ پر کردنPersian
- ډك كول، ځاى نيولPashto
- a ocupaRomanian
- กิน (เนื้อที่หรือเวลา)Thai
- 佔據Chinese (Trad.)
- قبضہ کرنا، جگہ ليناUrdu
- chiếm giữVietnamese
- 占据Chinese (Simp.)
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