verb (used with object), oc·cu·pied, oc·cu·py·ing.
verb (used without object), oc·cu·pied, oc·cu·py·ing.
Origin of occupy
Synonyms for occupy
Related Words for occupierdweller, settler, colonist, inmate, occupant, citizen, incumbent, resident, denizen, renter, inhabitant, holder, tenant, lodger, lessee, aborigine, boarder, neighbor, squatter, householder
Examples from the Web for occupier
Contemporary Examples of occupier
A place where the impact of 45 years of daily, grinding, ugly occupation—on both occupied and occupier—is worth nary a word.Missing In AIPAC's 'How To Lobby' Videos
Emily L. Hauser
March 5, 2013
Never mind that legally, public property in occupied territory should serve the local public, not the occupier.Bibi Grows a Backbone
January 14, 2013
“They gave me this,” said occupier Shawn Carrie on Wednesday, swirling a big glass of whiskey.Far From the Streets, the Bold-Faced Names Rub Shoulders With the Wall Street Occupiers
March 26, 2012
But Obama dialed back that sort of talk once he changed from opposition candidate to occupier in chief.The O Word: Christopher Dickey on What Occupation Means Today
December 6, 2011
For the occupier, victory means subjugation of the ruling authority to its will.Obama's False Ally
December 5, 2009
Historical Examples of occupier
The State authority was to be the purchaser, and the occupier was to be the proprietor.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
It was a house which typified the drearier tenets of its occupier with great exactness.A Laodicean
In Suffolk this term is applied to the eldest son of the occupier of the farm.The Slang Dictionary
John Camden Hotten
Its occupier was Paul Radcliffe, who had inherited it from his father.Johnny Ludlow, Fourth Series
Mrs. Henry Wood
It was only a deep black-bordered letter for 'The Occupier.'Rogues and Vagabonds
George R. Sims
verb -pies, -pying or -pied (tr)
Word Origin for occupy
late 14c., agent noun from occupy.
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.