- to take or fill up (space, time, etc.): I occupied my evenings reading novels.
- to engage or employ the mind, energy, or attention of: Occupy the children with a game while I prepare dinner.
- to be a resident or tenant of; dwell in: We occupied the same house for 20 years.
- to hold (a position, office, etc.).
- to take possession and control of (a place), as by military invasion.
- (usually initial capital letter) to participate in a protest about (a social or political issue), as by taking possession or control of buildings or public places that are symbolic of the issue: Let’s Occupy our voting rights! The Occupy Wall Street movement of late 2011 was a protest against economic inequality.
- to take or hold possession.
- (usually initial capital letter) to participate in a protest about a social or political issue.
- (usually initial capital letter) of or relating to a protest about a social or political issue, as in Occupy movement; Occupy protest; Occupy candidate: the Occupy movement for social justice.
Origin of occupy
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Examples from the Web for occupies
William Henry Cosby occupies a permanent place in the American pantheon.I Warned You About Bill Cosby in 2007
November 20, 2014
At a time when few are disposed to see history as a branch of literature, Lepore occupies a prominent place in American letters.Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine
November 3, 2014
Between a secular moralist and an ideologue, there is a softer, more human middle that Soyinka occupies.Nigeria’s Larger-Than-Life Nobel Laureate Chronicles a Fascinating Life
August 9, 2014
It occupies a two-story apartment in central Kiev that resembles a makeshift wartime command center.Ukraine’s Vigilante Peacemakers
May 17, 2014
Zora Neale Hurston occupies a page in a photograph as threshold-breaker, justly so.Defining American Cool From Walt Whitman to Tina Fey and Johnny Depp
March 25, 2014
You know that you left me to Flintwinch, and that he occupies your place.'Little Dorrit
It is not only Monsieur that occupies himself with Mademoiselle.The Incomplete Amorist
Why, they've got the impudence to assert that he occupies a good position in Paris!The Fortune of the Rougons
Does the soul, then, always bring life to whatever it occupies?
But in the position she occupies at present you are a dangerous man.The Christian
- to live or be established in (a house, flat, office, etc)
- (often passive) to keep (a person) busy or engrossed; engage the attention of
- (often passive) to take up (a certain amount of time or space)
- to take and hold possession of, esp as a demonstrationstudents occupied the college buildings
- to fill or hold (a position or rank)
Word Origin and History for occupies
mid-14c., "to take possession of," also "to take up space or time, employ (someone)," irregularly borrowed from Old French occuper "occupy (a person or place), hold, seize" (13c.) or directly from Latin occupare "take over, seize, take into possession, possess, occupy," from ob "over" (see ob-) + intensive form of capere "to grasp, seize" (see capable). The final syllable of the English word is difficult to explain, but it is as old as the record; perhaps from a modification made in Anglo-French. During 16c.-17c. a common euphemism for "have sexual intercourse with" (sense attested from early 15c.), which caused it to fall from polite usage.
"A captaine? Gods light these villaines wil make the word as odious as the word occupy, which was an excellent good worde before it was il sorted." [Doll Tearsheet in "2 Henry IV"]
Related: Occupied; occupying.