verb (used with object), oc·cu·pied, oc·cu·py·ing.
verb (used without object), oc·cu·pied, oc·cu·py·ing.
- occupational safety and health administration,
- occupational therapy,
- occupied territories,
- occur to one,
Origin of occupy
Examples from the Web for occupier
A place where the impact of 45 years of daily, grinding, ugly occupation—on both occupied and occupier—is worth nary a word.
Never mind that legally, public property in occupied territory should serve the local public, not the occupier.
“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|Jeff Smith|March 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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|Christopher Dickey|December 6, 2011|DAILY BEAST
For the occupier, victory means subjugation of the ruling authority to its will.
The proprietor, tenant or occupier who permits a place to be used for an infringing performance shall be deemed an infringer.Copyright: Its History and Its Law|Richard Rogers Bowker
The lady told him the history of three birds, which had successively inhabited the cage before the present occupier.Tales And Novels, Volume 1 (of 10)|Maria Edgeworth
In Suffolk this term is applied to the eldest son of the occupier of the farm.The Slang Dictionary|John Camden Hotten
The occupier and user of the land was in most instances practically the owner of it, subject to a land tax.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind|Herbert George Wells
If the occupier be unable to pay, the deficiency is to be made up by assessing it on the entire village or neighborhood.Sketches of Reforms and Reformers, of Great Britain and Ireland|Henry B. Stanton
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.