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[ok-yuh-puh n-see] /ˈɒk yə pən si/
noun, plural occupancies.
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
First recorded in 1590-1600; occup(ant) + -ancy
Related forms
unoccupancy, noun
1. tenancy, occupation, possession. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for occupancy
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  • Other people desired to sit in Alice's nook, but discovered her in occupancy.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • 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 Oliver Optic
  • The state-room was not fit for the occupancy of a decent person.

    Seek and Find Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for occupancy


noun (pl) -cies
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for occupancy

1590s, "condition of being an occupant;" from occupant + -cy. Meaning "fact of occupying" is from 1833; that of "proportion of available space that is occupied" is attested by 1974.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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