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oc·cu·py

 (ŏk′yə-pī′)
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.

occupy

(ˈɒkjʊˌpaɪ)
vb (tr) , -pies, -pying or -pied
1. to live or be established in (a house, flat, office, etc)
2. (often passive) to keep (a person) busy or engrossed; engage the attention of
3. (often passive) to take up (a certain amount of time or space)
4. to take and hold possession of, esp as a demonstration: students occupied the college buildings.
5. to fill or hold (a position or rank)
[C14: from Old French occuper, from Latin occupāre to seize hold of, from ob- (intensive) + capere to take]

oc•cu•py

(ˈɒk yəˌpaɪ)

v. -pied, -py•ing. v.t.
1. to have, hold, or take as a separate space; possess, reside in or on, or claim: The orchard occupies half the farm.
2. to be a resident or tenant of; dwell in.
3. to fill up, employ, or engage: to occupy time reading.
4. to engage or employ the mind, energy, or attention of: We occupied the children with a game.
5. to take possession and control of (a place), as by military invasion.
6. to hold (a position, office, etc.).
v.i.
7. to take or hold possession.
[1300–50; < Old French occuper < Latin occupāre to seize, take hold, make one's own]
oc′cu•pi`a•ble, adj.
oc′cu•pi`er, n.

occupy


Past participle: occupied
Gerund: occupying

Imperative
occupy
occupy
Present
I occupy
you occupy
he/she/it occupies
we occupy
you occupy
they occupy
Preterite
I occupied
you occupied
he/she/it occupied
we occupied
you occupied
they occupied
Present Continuous
I am occupying
you are occupying
he/she/it is occupying
we are occupying
you are occupying
they are occupying
Present Perfect
I have occupied
you have occupied
he/she/it has occupied
we have occupied
you have occupied
they have occupied
Past Continuous
I was occupying
you were occupying
he/she/it was occupying
we were occupying
you were occupying
they were occupying
Past Perfect
I had occupied
you had occupied
he/she/it had occupied
we had occupied
you had occupied
they had occupied
Future
I will occupy
you will occupy
he/she/it will occupy
we will occupy
you will occupy
they will occupy
Future Perfect
I will have occupied
you will have occupied
he/she/it will have occupied
we will have occupied
you will have occupied
they will have occupied
Future Continuous
I will be occupying
you will be occupying
he/she/it will be occupying
we will be occupying
you will be occupying
they will be occupying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been occupying
you have been occupying
he/she/it has been occupying
we have been occupying
you have been occupying
they have been occupying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been occupying
you will have been occupying
he/she/it will have been occupying
we will have been occupying
you will have been occupying
they will have been occupying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been occupying
you had been occupying
he/she/it had been occupying
we had been occupying
you had been occupying
they had been occupying
Conditional
I would occupy
you would occupy
he/she/it would occupy
we would occupy
you would occupy
they would occupy
Past Conditional
I would have occupied
you would have occupied
he/she/it would have occupied
we would have occupied
you would have occupied
they would have occupied
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.occupy - keep busy with; "She busies herself with her butterfly collection"
work - exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity; "I will work hard to improve my grades"; "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor"
putter, potter - work lightly; "The old lady is pottering around in the garden"
smatter, play around, dabble - work with in an amateurish manner; "She dabbles in astronomy"; "He plays around with investments but he never makes any money"
2.occupy - live (in a certain place); "She resides in Princeton"; "he occupies two rooms on the top floor"
move in - occupy a place; "The crowds are moving in"
stay at - reside temporarily; "I'm staying at the Hilton"
squat - occupy (a dwelling) illegally
inhabit, live, populate, dwell - inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of; "People lived in Africa millions of years ago"; "The people inhabited the islands that are now deserted"; "this kind of fish dwells near the bottom of the ocean"; "deer are populating the woods"
crash - occupy, usually uninvited; "My son's friends crashed our house last weekend"
3.occupy - occupy the whole of; "The liquid fills the container"
crowd - fill or occupy to the point of overflowing; "The students crowded the auditorium"
take up - take up time or space; "take up the slack"
be - occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere; "Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back"; "What is behind this behavior?"
4.occupy - be on the mind of; "I worry about the second Germanic consonant shift"
5.occupy - march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation; "Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939"
attack, assail - launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with; "Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II"; "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week"
infest, overrun - invade in great numbers; "the roaches infested our kitchen"
6.occupy - require (time or space); "It took three hours to get to work this morning"; "This event occupied a very short time"
deplete, use up, wipe out, eat up, exhaust, run through, eat, consume - use up (resources or materials); "this car consumes a lot of gas"; "We exhausted our savings"; "They run through 20 bottles of wine a week"
expend, use - use up, consume fully; "The legislature expended its time on school questions"
be - spend or use time; "I may be an hour"
7.occupy - consume all of one's attention or time; "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
involve - occupy or engage the interest of; "His story completely involved me during the entire afternoon"
consume - engage fully; "The effort to pass the exam consumed all his energy"
rivet - hold (someone's attention); "The discovery of the skull riveted the paleontologists"
interest - excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of
8.occupy - 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"
assume, take up, strike, take - occupy or take on; "He assumes the lotus position"; "She took her seat on the stage"; "We took our seats in the orchestra"; "She took up her position behind the tree"; "strike a pose"
do work, work - be employed; "Is your husband working again?"; "My wife never worked"; "Do you want to work after the age of 60?"; "She never did any work because she inherited a lot of money"; "She works as a waitress to put herself through college"

occupy

verb
1. inhabit, own, live in, stay in (Scot.), be established in, dwell in, be in residence in, establish yourself in, ensconce yourself in, tenant, reside in, lodge in, take up residence in, make your home, abide in the couple who occupy the flat above mine
inhabit abandon, desert, quit, depart, evacuate, vacate
2. invade, take over, capture, seize, conquer, keep, hold, garrison, overrun, annex, take possession of, colonize Alexandretta had been occupied by the French in 1918.
invade withdraw, retreat
3. hold, control, dominate, possess Men still occupy more positions of power than women.
4. take up, consume, tie up, use up, monopolize, keep busy or occupied Her parliamentary career has occupied all of her time.
5. (often passive) engage, interest, involve, employ, busy, entertain, absorb, amuse, divert, preoccupy, immerse, hold the attention of, engross, keep busy or occupied I had other matters to occupy me that day.
6. take up, cover, fill, fill up, utilize, pervade, permeate, extend over The tombs occupy two thirds of the church

occupy

verb
1. To live in (a place), as does a people:
2. To seize and move into by force:
3. To cause to be busy or in use:
4. To make busy:
5. To get and hold the attention of:
Translations
يَحْتَلُّيَحْتَليُشْغِليَعيش في، يَسْكُنُ
obývat
besættefyldeokkupereoptagebebo
asuamiehittäävallatavarata
zauzeti
búahernemataka, ná yfir
占める
점유하다
okupacijaprofesijaprofesinisužėmimas
aizņemtapdzīvotokupēt, ieņemt
stanovatizaposlitizasesti
ockupera
อาศัยอยู่ใน
oturmakzaptetmekkaplamak
sống

occupy

[ˈɒkjʊpaɪ] VT
1. [+ house] → habitar, vivir en; [+ office, seat] → ocupar
is this seat occupied?¿está ocupado este asiento?
2. (Mil etc) → ocupar
in occupied Franceen la Francia ocupada (por los alemanes)
3. [+ post, position] → ocupar
4. (= take up, fill) [+ space, time] → ocupar
this job occupies all my timeeste trabajo me ocupa or absorbe todo el tiempo
he is occupied in researchse dedica a la investigación
5. (= keep busy) → ocupar
to be occupied with sth/in doing sthestar ocupado con algo/haciendo algo
he is very occupied at the momentestá muy ocupado en este momento
she occupies herself by knittingse entretiene haciendo punto
6. (US) (Telec) to be occupiedestar comunicando

occupy

[ˈɒkjʊpaɪ] vt
[+ place, building, house] → occuper; [+ space] → occuper; [+ bed] → occuper
Houses occupied by the aged need central heating → Les maisons occupées par les personnes âgées doivent avoir le chauffage central.
Even small aircraft occupy a lot of space → Même les petits avions occupent beaucoup d'espace.
[+ country, city] [soldiers, invaders, demonstrators] → occuper
[+ time] → occuper
How do you occupy your time? → Comment occupez-vous votre temps?
to occupy o.s. with sth (= busy o.s.) → s'occuper à qch
to occupy o.s. with doing sth (= busy o.s.) → s'occuper de faire qch
(= fill) [+ position] → occuper
workers occupying key positions → les travailleurs occupant des emplois clés

occupy

vt
housebewohnen; seat, roombelegen, besetzen; hotel roombelegen; you occupy a special place in my heartdu hast einen besonderen Platz in meinem Herzen (inne)
(Mil etc) → besetzen; countryokkupieren, besetzen
post, positioninnehaben, bekleiden (geh)
(= take up)beanspruchen; spaceeinnehmen; timein Anspruch nehmen, beanspruchen; (= help pass)ausfüllen; can’t you find some better way of occupying your time?kannst du mit deiner Zeit nicht etwas Besseres anfangen?
(= busy)beschäftigen; to occupy oneselfsich beschäftigen; a thought which has been occupying my mindein Gedanke, der mich beschäftigt

occupy

[ˈɒkjʊˌpaɪ] vtoccupare
this job occupies all my time → questo lavoro occupa or prende tutto il mio tempo
to be occupied with sth → essere preso/a da qc
to be occupied in doing sth → essere occupato/a a fare qc
she occupies herself by knitting → si tiene occupata lavorando a maglia
to keep one's mind occupied → tenere la mente occupata

occupy

(ˈokjupai) verb
1. to be in or fill (time, space etc). A table occupied the centre of the room.
2. to live in. The family occupied a small flat.
3. to capture. The soldiers occupied the town.
ˈoccupant noun
a person who occupies (a house etc), not necessarily the owner of the house.
ˌoccuˈpation noun
1. a person's job or work.
2. the act of occupying (a house, town etc).
3. the period of time during which a town, house etc is occupied. During the occupation, there was a shortage of food.
ˌoccuˈpational adjective
of, or caused by, a person's job. an occupational disease.
ˈoccupier noun
an occupant.

occupy

يَحْتَلُّ obývat besætte bewohnen καταλαμβάνω ocupar asua occuper zauzeti occupare 占める 점유하다 gebruiken bebo okupić ocupar занимать ockupera อาศัยอยู่ใน oturmak sống 占领

occupy

v. ocupar, llenar.
References in classic literature ?
When Madame Lebrun complained that it was so dull coming back to the city; that she saw so few people now; that even Victor, when he came up from the island for a day or two, had so much to occupy him and engage his time; then it was that the youth went into contortions on the lounge and winked mischievously at Edna.
There's one comfort, the baby is well and happy, and does not have to occupy this nursery with the horrid wall-paper.
Continually, as we may express it, he faded away out of his place; or, in other words, his mind and consciousness took their departure, leaving his wasted, gray, and melancholy figure--a substantial emptiness, a material ghost--to occupy his seat at table.
The merchants -- Pingree,Phillips, Shepard, Upton, Kimball, Bertram, Hunt -- these and many other names, which had such classic familiarity for my ear six months ago, -- these men of traffic, who seemed to occupy so important a position in the world -- how little time has it required to disconnect me from them all, not merely in act, but recollection It is with an effort that I recall the figures and appellations of these few.
After they had seen enough of the pens, the party went up the street, to the mass of buildings which occupy the center of the yards.
Man and his affairs, church and state and school, trade and commerce, and manufactures and agriculture even politics, the most alarming of them all--I am pleased to see how little space they occupy in the landscape.
They gave notice that the abbot and his official suite would move in state and occupy the platform at 10:30, up to which time all the region which was under my ban must be clear; the bells would then cease from tolling, and this sign should be permission to the multitudes to close in and take their places.
Other people have preceded you half an hour to scramble for impossible places and lose their tempers, but you can take your time; the courier has secured your seats for you, and you can occupy them at your leisure.
How they were all to be conveyed, he would have made a difficulty if he could, but as his son and daughter's carriage and horses were actually at Hartfield, he was not able to make more than a simple question on that head; it hardly amounted to a doubt; nor did it occupy Emma long to convince him that they might in one of the carriages find room for Harriet also.
Dashwood or her daughters imagined when they first came into Devonshire, that so many engagements would arise to occupy their time as shortly presented themselves, or that they should have such frequent invitations and such constant visitors as to leave them little leisure for serious employment.
I then proposed to occupy myself till dinner-time in drawing some little sketches for her use.
He's tolerably well, I think, though his studies occupy him rather more than they ought: he is continually among his books, since he has no other society.