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tr.v. oc·cu·pied, oc·cu·py·ing, oc·cu·pies
1. To fill up (time or space): a lecture that occupied three hours.
2. To dwell or reside in (an apartment, for example).
3. To hold or fill (an office or position).
4. To seize possession of and maintain control over forcibly or by conquest: The troops occupied the city.
5. To engage or employ the attention or concentration of: occupied the children with coloring books.

[Middle English occupien, alteration of Old French occuper, from Latin occupāre, to seize : ob-, intensive pref.; see ob- + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.]

oc′cu·pi′er n.
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With regard to ground of this nature, be before the enemy in occupying the raised and sunny spots, and carefully guard your line of supplies.
Should the army forestall you in occupying a pass, do not go after him if the pass is fully garrisoned, but only if it is weakly garrisoned.
Now and then (as Magdalen understood from her informant) there were days, both in winter and summer, when the admiral became anxious about the condition of the rooms which he was not occupying at the time, and when he insisted on investigating the state of the furniture, the pictures, and the books with his own eyes.
Early upon the morning following those hours passed in Arobin's society, Edna set about securing her new abode and hurrying her arrangements for occupying it.
The windows of the back rooms overlooked an enormous court, which formed the center of the square made by the buildings which faced the four contiguous streets, and which was now given over to the quartering of the various animals belonging to the warriors occupying the adjoining buildings.
Israel's subsequent annexation of East Jerusalem was rejected by the international community and was again condemned by the UNSC - which, as we know, includes the United States - in Resolution 478 of 20 August 1980, which: Determine[d] that all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, which have altered or purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, and in particular the recent "basic law" on [occupied] Jerusalem, are null and void and must be rescinded forthwith.
The Minster said that Kashmir is an unfinished agenda of partition of the subcontinent and people of IOK have been facing worst kind of violence at the hands of Indian occupying forces since 1947.
The resolution called upon Israel, as the occupying power, to immediately abolish its decision to annex the occupied Syrian Golan, considering all legislative procedures and administrative measures adopted by Israel with the aim of changing the features of the occupied Syrian Golan and its legal status as null and void and without international legal effect as they constitute a flagrant violation of the international law and the Geneva Convention related to the protection of civilian persons in times of war.
Disregard for Ukraines legislation while visiting temporarily occupied territory of Crimea is considered by the Ukrainian side as a deliberate connivance of the Russian Federation as a state-aggressor and the occupying power, as well as disrespect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
It also called upon Israel, the occupying Power, to bring a halt to all actions, including those perpetrated by Israeli settlers, harming the environment, including the dumping of all kinds of waste materials, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan, which gravely threaten their natural resources, namely water and land resources, and which pose an environmental, sanitation and health threat to the civilian populations.
Tehran "expresses its opposition to the proposed plan and is certain the occupying Zionist regime will utterly not agree to withdraw from the occupied lands," Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi said Sunday.
It is therefore no surprise to people of color when white Occupiers are arrested and pepper sprayed by police simply for occupying spaces and demonstrating.