American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To fill up (time or space): a lecture that occupied three hours.
- v. To dwell or reside in.
- v. To hold or fill (an office or position).
- v. To seize possession of and maintain control over by or as if by conquest.
- v. To engage or employ the attention or concentration of: occupied the children with coloring books.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To take possession of and retain or keep; enter upon the possession and use of; hold and use; especially, to take possession of (a place as a place of residence, or in warfare a town or country) and become established in it.
- To take up, as room or space, or attention, interest, etc.; cover or fill; engross: as, to occupy too much space; to occupy the time with reading; to occupy the attention.
- To hold, as an office; fill.
- To take up and follow as a business or employment; be employed about; ply.
- To employ; give occupation to; engage; busy: often used reflexively: as, to occupy one's self about something.
- To use; make use of.
- To possess; enjoy (with an obscene double meaning).
- Synonyms 1-3. Hold, Own, etc. See possess.
- To be in possession or occupation; hold possession; be an occupant; have possession and use.
- To trade; traffic; carry on business.
- v. transitive To fill (time).
- v. transitive To fill (space).
- v. transitive To live or reside in.
- v. transitive, military To have, or to have taken, possession or control of (a territory).
- v. transitive To fill or hold (an official position or role).
- v. transitive To possess or use the time or capacity of; to engage the service of.
- v. transitive To hold the attention of.
- v. transitive, surveying To place the theodolite or total station at (a point).
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To take or hold possession of; to hold or keep for use; to possess.
- v. To hold, or fill, the dimensions of; to take up the room or space of; to cover or fill.
- v. To possess or use the time or capacity of; to engage the service of; to employ; to busy.
- v. obsolete To do business in; to busy one's self with.
- v. obsolete To use; to expend; to make use of.
- v. obsolete To have sexual intercourse with.
- v. To hold possession; to be an occupant.
- v. To follow business; to traffic.
- v. require (time or space)
- v. consume all of one's attention or time
- v. live (in a certain place)
- v. occupy the whole of
- v. be on the mind of
- v. march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation
- v. keep busy with
- v. assume, as of positions or roles
- Middle English, from Old French occuper, from Latin occupare ("to take possession of, seize, occupy, take up, employ"), from ob ("to, on") + capere ("to take"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English occupien, alteration of Old French occuper, from Latin occupāre, to seize : ob-, intensive pref.; see ob- + capere, to take. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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