What does occupy mean?

Definitions for occupy
ˈɒk yəˌpaɪoc·cu·py

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. busy, occupyverb

    keep busy with

    "She busies herself with her butterfly collection"

  2. occupy, reside, lodge inverb

    live (in a certain place)

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

  3. occupy, fillverb

    occupy the whole of

    "The liquid fills the container"

  4. concern, interest, occupy, worryverb

    be on the mind of

    "I worry about the second Germanic consonant shift"

  5. invade, occupyverb

    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 upverb

    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, occupyverb

    consume all of one's attention or time

    "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"

  8. fill, take, occupyverb

    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"


  1. occupyverb

    To fill (time).

    The film occupied three hours of my time.

  2. occupyverb

    To fill (space).

    The historic mansion occupied two city blocks.

  3. occupyverb

    To live or reside in.

    We occupy a small flat.

  4. occupyverb

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

  5. occupyverb

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

    I occupy the post of deputy cat catcher.

  6. occupyverb

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

  7. occupyverb

    To hold the attention of.

    I occupied her friend while he made his proposal.

  8. occupyverb

    To cohabit, to have sexual intercourse with.

  9. occupyverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To OCCUPYverb

    Etymology: occuper, Fr. occupo, Latin.

    How shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest? 1 Cor. xiv. 16.

    Powder being suddenly fired altogether, upon this high rarefaction, requireth a greater space than before its body occupied. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Err. b. ii.

    He must assert, that there were infinite generations before that first deluge; and then the earth could not receive them, but the infinite bodies of men must occupy an infinite space. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    They occupied themselves about the sabbath, yielding exceeding praise to the Lord. 2 Mac. viii. 27.

    How can he get wisdom that driveth oxen and is occupied in their labours, and whose talk is of bullocks? Ecc. xxxviii. 25.

    He that giveth his mind to the law of the most high, and is occupied in the meditation thereof, will seek out the wisdom of all the ancient, and be occupied in prophesies. Ecclus xxxix. 1.

    They occupy their business in deep waters. Comm. Prayer.

    Mariners were in thee to occupy thy merchandise. Ez. xxvii. 9.

    All the gold occupied for the work, was twenty and nine talents. Exodus xxxviii. 24.

  2. To Occupyverb

    To follow business.

    He called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, occupy till I come. Luke xix. 13.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Occupy

    ok′ū-pī, v.t. to take or hold possession of: to take up, as room, &c.: to fill, as an office: to employ: (B.) to use: to trade with: (Shak.) to possess, enjoy.—v.i. to hold possession: (B.) to trade:—pa.t. and pa.p. occ′ūpied.ns. Occ′upancy, the act of occupying, or of taking or holding possession: possession: the time during which one occupies; Occ′upant, one who takes or has possession.—v.t. Occ′upāte (Bacon), to hold: to possess:—pr.p. occ′ūpāting; pa.p. occ′ūpāted.n. Occupā′tion, the act of occupying or taking possession: possession: state of being employed or occupied: that which occupies or takes up one's attention: employment.—adj. Occupā′tive.—n. Occ′upier, one who takes or holds possession of: an occupant: (B.) a trader. [Fr.,—L. occupāre, -ātumob, to, on, capĕre, to take.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. occupy

    Is a military phrase for taking possession of a work or fort, or to remain stationary in any place.

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of occupy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of occupy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of occupy in a Sentence

  1. James A. Garfield:

    Be fit for more than the thing you are now doing. Let everyone know that you have a reserve in yourself that you have more power than you are now using. If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it.

  2. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    Science and art is a toy store. Created in order to occupy a person with something.

  3. Father Raed Adel:

    This site was used as a main center by ISIS religious police, a center of the IS leadership. So this is an important issue, the visit of the Pope to this site that was the central administrative center of the Islamic State. This is where the Islamic State said 'we will go to Rome, occupy Rome, and cut off the head of the Pope.'.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    A wife likes to have only a spouse who remains all throughout a meek mouse of the house; and the day he begins to roar like a lion, rest assured she will drive him out to occupy her husband’s den.

  5. Bob Hueter:

    Sharks have been around for about 400 million years, they in many cases occupy what's called the apex predator position, in marine food webs. Just like on land, that is an important role in terms of keeping the lower parts of the food web healthy and balanced.

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