Definitions for: Occupation


[n] the act of occupying or taking possession of a building; "occupation of a building without a certificate of occupancy is illegal"
[n] the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money; "he's not in my line of business"
[n] any activity that occupies a person's attention; "he missed the bell in his occupation with the computer game"
[n] the control of a country by military forces of a foreign power
[n] the period of time during which a place or position or nation is occupied; "during the German occupation of Paris"



Webster (1913) Definition: Oc`cu*pa"tion, n. [L. occupatio: cf.F. occupation.]
1. The act or process of occupying or taking possession;
actual possession and control; the state of being
occupied; a holding or keeping; tenure; use; as, the
occupation of lands by a tenant.

2. That which occupies or engages the time and attention; the
principal business of one's life; vocation; employment;
calling; trade.

Absence of occupation is not rest. --Cowper.

Occupation bridge (Engin.), a bridge connecting the parts
of an estate separated by a railroad, a canal, or an
ordinary road.

Syn: Occupancy; possession; tenure; use; employment;
avocation; engagement; vocation; calling; office; trade;
profession.

Synonyms: business, job, line, line of work, military control, moving in, occupancy, taking possession

See Also: accountancy, accounting, acquiring, activity, appointment, berth, biz, calling, career, catering, craft, employment, farming, game, getting, land, medium, metier, office, period, period of time, photography, place, position, post, preoccupancy, preoccupation, profession, salt mine, situation, social control, sport, spot, time period, trade, treadmill, vocation, work

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