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Meaning & Definition of Occupy in English

English

Occupy

/ɑkjəpaɪ/

verb

1. Keep busy with

  • "She busies herself with her butterfly collection"
    synonym:
  • busy
  • ,
  • occupy

2. Live (in a certain place)

  • "She resides in princeton"
  • "He occupies two rooms on the top floor"
    synonym:
  • occupy
  • ,
  • reside
  • ,
  • lodge in

3. Occupy the whole of

  • "The liquid fills the container"
    synonym:
  • occupy
  • ,
  • fill

4. Be on the mind of

  • "I worry about the second germanic consonant shift"
    synonym:
  • concern
  • ,
  • interest
  • ,
  • occupy
  • ,
  • worry

5. March aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation

  • "Hitler invaded poland on september 1, 1939"
    synonym:
  • invade
  • ,
  • occupy

6. Require (time or space)

  • "It took three hours to get to work this morning"
  • "This event occupied a very short time"
    synonym:
  • take
  • ,
  • occupy
  • ,
  • use up

7. Consume all of one's attention or time

  • "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
    synonym:
  • absorb
  • ,
  • engross
  • ,
  • engage
  • ,
  • occupy

8. Assume, as of positions or roles

  • "She took the job as director of development"
  • "He occupies the position of manager"
  • "The young prince will soon occupy the throne"
    synonym:
  • fill
  • ,
  • take
  • ,
  • occupy