What does occupation mean?

Definitions for occupation
ˌɒk yəˈpeɪ ʃənoc·cu·pa·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. occupation, business, job, line of work, linenoun

    the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money

    "he's not in my line of business"

  2. occupation, military controlnoun

    the control of a country by military forces of a foreign power

  3. occupationnoun

    any activity that occupies a person's attention

    "he missed the bell in his occupation with the computer game"

  4. occupation, occupancy, moving innoun

    the act of occupying or taking possession of a building

    "occupation of a building without a certificate of occupancy is illegal"

  5. occupationnoun

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

    "during the German occupation of Paris"


  1. Occupationnoun

    That which occupies or engages the time and attention.

  2. Occupationnoun

    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.


  1. occupationnoun

    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. occupationnoun

    The act, process or state of possessing a place.

  3. occupationnoun

    The control of a country or region by a hostile army.

  4. Etymology: From occupacioun, from occupation, from occupatio.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Occupationnoun

    Etymology: from occupation, Fr. occupatio, Lat.

    Spain hath enlarged the bounds of its crown within this last sixscore years, much more than the Ottomans: I speak not of matches or unions, but of arms, occupations, invasions. Francis Bacon.

    Such were the distresses of the then infant world; so incessant their occupations about provision for food, that there was little leisure to commit any thing to writing. John Woodward.

    In your most busy occupations, when you are never so much taken up with other affairs, yet now and then send up an ejaculation to the God of your salvation. William Wake.

    The red pestilence strike all trades in Rome,
    And occupations perish. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    He was of the same craft with them, and wrought, for by their occupation they were tent-makers. Acts xviii. 3.


  1. occupation

    Occupation generally refers to a person's regular profession, job, or trade by which they earn a living. It encompasses the specific activities, tasks, or responsibilities that an individual engages in to earn income or contribute to society. Occupations can vary widely and include professions such as doctors, teachers, engineers, lawyers, as well as tradespeople such as plumbers, carpenters, and electricians.


  1. Occupation

    "Occupation" is the third season premiere and 34th episode of the re-imagined American science fiction drama television series Battlestar Galactica. The episode was written by re-imagined creator Ronald D. Moore, and directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan. It first aired on October 6, 2006 on the Sci-Fi Channel along with the following episode "Precipice". In the episode, the Cylons are in their fourth month of a military occupation on New Caprica, where the majority of the human population are residing. A resistance movement is trying to deter the Cylons away. Meanwhile, Admiral William Adama continues his plan to rescue everybody there. Unlike most episodes, it does not include a survivor count. The story behind the episode was inspired by several wars and occupations in the past, including the Quartering Acts and the Iraq War. Several parts of the episode changed from the script, more predominantly the scenes involving a suicide bombing. The producers were worried that the Sci Fi Channel would not allow the inclusion of the scene. The episode was seen by 2.2 million viewers and attracted generally positive reactions from critics. In addition, Moore's writing of the episode was nominated for an Emmy and a Writers Guild of America award.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. occupation

    The state of occupying or taking possession. Also, the state of being occupied or possessed; possession.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'occupation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4097

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'occupation' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4827

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'occupation' in Nouns Frequency: #1339

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of occupation in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of occupation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of occupation in a Sentence

  1. Ali Samoudi:

    The only one that bears responsibility for the situation is the [ Israeli ] occupation, and not the The Palestinian Authority, the occupation is killing every feeling of hope with its crimes against our Palestinian people.

  2. Sir Laurence Olivier:

    Acting is a masochistic form of exhibitionism. It is not quite the occupation of an adult.

  3. Vera Caslavska:

    We Olympians were the only ones who could demonstrate our attitude to the Soviet occupation to the world at that time of occupation.

  4. Donald Trump:

    We will never love occupation, but we do have the task of separating the occupation and not confusing that with the Israeli people. Our issue is not with them. We have to make a distinction and we are trying our best to find ways to deal with the concerns.

  5. Hippocrates:

    Idleness and lack of occupation tend - nay are dragged - towards evil.

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