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 occupies
William Henry Cosby occupies a permanent place in the American pantheon.
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|Tom Arnold-Forster|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Chimamanda Adichie|August 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It occupies a two-story apartment in central Kiev that resembles a makeshift wartime command center.
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|Jason Berry|March 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Besides this, the lodger who occupies the first floor above me, leaves the house.The Inferno|August Strindberg
He arrived at the position he occupies to-day through original and unaided merit.The Kingdom Round the Corner|Coningsby Dawson
Sir John Gorst occupies a curious position in his own party.Sketches In The House (1893)|T. P. O'Connor
A monument to Pascal, erected by the citizens, occupies the centre of the square in Clermont.Volcanoes: Past and Present|Edward Hull
The library forms part of the Museum, which occupies a ground-floor wing of the castle.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
verb -pies, -pying or -pied (tr)
Word Origin for 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.