- the act, state, or condition of being or becoming a tenant or of living in or taking up quarters or space in or on something: Continued occupancy of the office depends on a rent reduction.
- the possession or tenancy of a property: You can have occupancy on June 1st.
- the act of taking possession, as of a property.
- the term during which one is an occupant.
- the condition of being occupied: Occupancy of the auditorium is limited to 1200 people.
- the use to which property is put.
- exercise of dominion over property that has no owner so as to become the legal owner.
Origin of occupancy
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1. tenancy, occupation, possession.
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Examples from the Web for occupancy
Since then, it has rarely broken an occupancy rate of 10 percent amidst protracted political chaos.Winston Churchill’s Egyptian Getaway: The Old Cataract Hotel
December 15, 2013
In 2009, according to the CDC, there were 944,277 hospital beds in the U.S., but the occupancy rate was only 67.8 percent.How to Fix Health Care
August 6, 2013
“They like to say the Waldorf has a 92 percent occupancy rate,” says Andrew.Honey Harvest at the Waldorf Astoria’s Beehives
August 3, 2013
Within a year of the Games, occupancy levels had fallen from 80 percent to just 50 percent.Do the Olympics Boost the Economy? Studies Show the Impact Is Likely Negative
July 30, 2012
With occupancy rates of 95 percent, Billingsly has been able to raise new rents by 15 percent this year.Real-Estate Trends: Renting Gets Glamorous
December 16, 2011
Other people desired to sit in Alice's nook, but discovered her in occupancy.Alice Adams
Juarez is the only President of Mexico who has died in the occupancy of his office!Mexico
Charles Reginald Enock
A way must be found to trick her into giving him the occupancy.A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
Everything about it had been put in complete repair, and it was ready for occupancy.Down South
The state-room was not fit for the occupancy of a decent person.Seek and Find
- the act of occupying; possession of a property
- law the possession and use of property by or without agreement and without any claim to ownership
- law the act of taking possession of unowned property, esp land, with the intent of thus acquiring ownership
- the condition or fact of being an occupant, esp a tenant
- the period of time during which one is an occupant, esp of property
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Word Origin and History for occupancy
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