Definitions for occupy
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word occupy.
keep busy with
"She busies herself with her butterfly collection"
occupy, reside, lodge inverb
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, worryverb
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 upverb
require (time or space)
"It took three hours to get to work this morning"; "This event occupied a very short time"
absorb, engross, engage, occupyverb
consume all of one's attention or time
"Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
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"
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).
Etymology: from occuper, from occupare, from ob + capere.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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
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, -ātum—ob, to, on, capĕre, to take.]
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
Is a military phrase for taking possession of a work or fort, or to remain stationary in any place.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'occupy' in Verbs Frequency: #432
The numerical value of occupy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of occupy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
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.
Science and art is a toy store. Created in order to occupy a person with something.
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.'.
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.
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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Translations for occupy
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- акупава́ць, заня́ць, займа́цьBelarusian
- besetzen, in Anspruch nehmen, okkupieren, bewohnenGerman
- vallata, varata, miehittääFinnish
- habiter, occuperFrench
- okipeHaitian Creole
- teneo, possideoLatin
- whakakapi, whetaMāori
- оккупи́ровать, заня́ть, завладе́ть, завладева́ть, занима́тьRussian
- ta upp, bo, annektera, bebo, uppta, ockupera, innehaSwedish
- зайня́ти, займа́ти, окупува́тиUkrainian
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