from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who occupies, particularly with respect to a foreign government controlling the territory of another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who occupies, or has possession.
  • n. One who follows an employment; hence, a tradesman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who occupies or takes possession, as of ownerless land.
  • n. One who holds or is in actual possession; an occupant: as, houseowners and occupiers.
  • n. One who uses, lays out, or employs that which is possessed; a trader or dealer.
  • n. One who follows a calling, employment, or occupation: with of: as, an occupier of the sea.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who lives at a particular place for a prolonged period or who was born there
  • n. a member of a military force who is residing in a conquered foreign country


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  • And again, "Time Magazine" uncovering a claim of responsibility from al Qaeda in Iraq with a message saying that basically it's aimed at those who are cooperating with what they call the occupier and its agents, saying ominously, quote, "We will reach you wherever you are."

    CNN Transcript Apr 12, 2007

  • CNN did the English translation here, but as you can see, he has a tone of forgiveness and is asking his supporters and Arab nations in general to distinguish between what he called the occupier's leaders and the average citizens.

    CNN Transcript Dec 27, 2006

  • Being an occupier is a no-win situation, and of course is morally appalling.

    Matthew Yglesias » Israeli Officials Think Road to Peace Runs Through Teheran

  • We are running the danger that the mission will completely lose its legitimation, "Schneider said, adding that it would be a" fatal development "if Germany became a long-term occupier in Afghanistan."

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • The factory site already includes one residential property, whose long-term occupier, a woman living alone in her fifties, is apparently incensed that she has been given a month's notice to move out. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • So yes, Obama is FAR left of liberal, and he'll be a 1 term occupier (he's beneath being called President) of the Presidency!

    The Nation: Top Stories

  • When al-Qa'eda crashes planes into American buildings, no one wants to hear that other Muslims have the "right" to defend themselves against occupation, especially when the occupier is our special ally (of course, when Muslims are occupied by our adversaries, like the Soviets or Saddam, then they not only have the right to fight the occupier, we'll help and even do the job of resisting for them).

    Mark Levine: Dead Tired

  • The demands that are listed by Al Jazeera are freeing all prisoners from Iraqi government controlled jails and freeing prisoners from what the group called occupier jails, namely Boka (ph) and Abu Ghraib.

    CNN Transcript Dec 2, 2005

  • The State authority was to be the purchaser, and the occupier was to be the proprietor.

    The Grand Old Man

  • "Now those who call for normalization with the occupier are the odd ones out," he said on Friday.

    Reuters: Top News


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