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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.
MIRPUR (AJK) -- Academic activities in all schools and colleges in occupied Kashmir will remain suspend on Saturday in the wake of extreme protest over martyrdom young Kashmir freedom fighter commander Zakir Musa in fake encounter with the Indian occupying troops in Pulwama's Dadsara, says a report reaching here Friday night from across the Line of Control.
Following the incident, occupying troops suspended internet services across the district.
Meanwhile, a member of United Kashmir People's National Party Jamil Maqsood also accused Pakistan military of occupying lands illegally, saying, before this the military of Pakistan had already occupied one playground in district Kotli.
The Kashmir Solidarity Day especially strongly condemned recent fresh spree of state terrorism in violence unleashed by the Indian occupying forces under the draconian and black laws, including Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA), Special Powers Act (SPA) and TADA, imposed by Indian in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the continued unabated and coercive tactics and repeated abortive attempts to overcome the fast-rising Kashmiris struggle for freedom from India's forced and unlawful rule.
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 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.