Definition of


  1. (verb, social) keep busy with
  2. (verb, stative) live (in a certain place)
    he occupies two rooms on the top floor
  3. (verb, stative) occupy the whole of
  4. (verb, stative) be on the mind of
  5. (verb, competition) march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation
  6. (verb, possession) require (time or space)
    This event occupied a very short time
  7. (verb, cognition) consume all of one's attention or time
  8. (verb, social) assume, as of positions or roles
    he occupies the position of manager
    the young prince will soon occupy the throne

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Origin of the word Occupy

  1. c.1340, "to take possession of," also "to take up space or time, employ (someone)," from O.Fr. occuper, from L. occupare "take over, seize, possess, occupy," from ob "over" + intensive form of capere "to grasp, seize" (see capable). During 16c.-17c. a euphemism for "have sexual intercourse with," which caused it to fall from polite usage.

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Occupy

o'keeffe, ogive, ojibwa, ojibway, okapi, okapia, okeechobee, osaka bay, ossify, oxbow, oxyopia

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