Definitions for: Occupy


[v] engage or engross wholly; "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
[v] march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation; "Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939"
[v] as of time or space; "It took three hours to get to work this morning"; "This event occupied a very short time"
[v] keep busy with; "She busies herself with her butterfly collection"
[v] live (in a certain place)
[v] occupy the whole of; "The liquid fills the container"
[v] be present in; be inside of
[v] be on the mind of; "What is worrying you?"



Webster (1913) Definition: Oc"cu*py, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Occupied; p. pr. & vb.
n. Occupying.] [OE. occupien, F. occuper, fr.L. occupare;
ob (see Ob-) + a word akin to capere to take. See
Capacious.]
1. To take or hold possession of; to hold or keep for use; to
possess.

Woe occupieth the fine [/end] of our gladness.
--Chaucer.

The better apartments were already occupied. --W.
Irving.

2. To hold, or fill, the dimensions of; to take up the room
or space of; to cover or fill; as, the camp occupies five
acres of ground. --Sir J. Herschel.

3. To possess or use the time or capacity of; to engage the
service of; to employ; to busy.

An archbishop may have cause to occupy more
chaplains than six. --Eng. Statute
(Hen. VIII. )

They occupied themselves about the Sabbath. --2
Macc. viii.
27.

4. To do business in; to busy one's self with. [Obs.]

All the ships of the sea, with their mariners, were
in thee to occupy the merchandise. --Ezek. xxvii.
9.

Not able to occupy their old crafts. --Robynson
(More's
Utopia).

5. To use; to expend; to make use of. [Obs.]

All the gold that was occupied for the work. --Ex.
xxxviii. 24.

They occupy not money themselves. --Robynson
(More's
Utopia).

6. To have sexual intercourse with. [Obs.] --Nares.


Oc"cu*py, v. i.
1. To hold possession; to be an occupant. ``Occupy till I
come.'' --Luke xix. 13.

2. To follow business; to traffic.

Synonyms: absorb, busy, concern, engage, engross, fill, interest, invade, lodge in, reside, take, use up, worry

See Also: assail, attack, be, be, consume, crash, crowd, dabble, domicile, domiciliate, dwell, expend, infest, infest, inhabit, interest, invade, involve, live, move in, nest, overrun, overrun, people, play around, populate, potter, putter, rivet, shack, smatter, squat, stay at, take up, tenant, use, work

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