Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
  2. (noun, act) the control of a country by military forces of a foreign power
  3. (noun, act) any activity that occupies a person's attention
  4. (noun, act) the act of occupying or taking possession of a building
  5. (noun, time) the period of time during which a place or position or nation is occupied

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Origin of the word Occupation

  1. mid-14c., "a being employed in something," also "a particular action," from O.Fr. occupacion (12c.), from L. occupationem (nom. occupatio) "a taking possession, business, employment," from occupatus, pp. of from occupare (see occupy). Meaning "trade" is from 1520s. more

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Words that sound like Occupation

os capitatum, os scaphoideum

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