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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

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English

Etymology

From Latin occupare (to take possession of, seize, occupy, take up, employ) < ob (to, on) + capere (to take).

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Verb

Infinitive
to occupy

Third person singular
occupies

Simple past
occupied

Past participle
occupied

Present participle
occupying

to occupy (third-person singular simple present occupies, present participle occupying, simple past and past participle occupied)

  1. (transitive): To fill either time or space.
    The film occupied three hours of my time.
  2. (transitive): To live or reside in.
    We occupy a small flat.
  3. (transitive): To fill or hold a position.
    I occupy the post of deputy cat catcher.
  4. (transitive): To conquer somewhere.
    The Germans occupied the Channel Islands.
  5. (transitive): To hold the attention of.
    I occupied her friend while he made his proposal.
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To cohabit, to have sexual intercourse with. (Reference: Sidney J. Baker, The Australian Language, second edition, 1966.)
    1590s: God's light, these villains will make the word as odious as the word 'occupy;' which was an excellent good word before it was ill sortedWilliam Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 2, II.iv [1].
  7. (transitive, surveying) To place the theodolite or total station at (a point).

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External links

  • occupy in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • occupy in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

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