- 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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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
- British a person who is in possession or occupation of a house or land
- a person or thing that occupies
- 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 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.