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 occupy
The opposition responded with a month-long Occupy Abay (like Occupy Wall St) campaign, in which Udaltsov was one of key figures.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015|Movements.Org|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That tweet came from Shay Horse, whose bio lists him as an independent photojournalist with ties to Occupy Wall Street.
Personally, he says, he feels "more than ready" to occupy one the country's leading positions.Ukraine’s Elections: The Battle of the Billionaires|Anna Nemtsova|October 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Are you referring to Edward Snowden and the Occupy Movement, respectively?Julian Casablancas Enters the Void: On the Strokes’ Friction, Why He Left NYC, and Starting Over|Marlow Stern|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Check out this Android app designed by Code4HK for the coordination of Occupy Central!
In the interior of their abode, they occupy themselves with feminine tasks, and fervently perform the rites of their religion.The Smuggler Chief|Gustave Aimard
A man and wife, if the hostess is sure beyond a doubt that they occupy similar quarters when at home.Etiquette|Emily Post
For this purpose it was necessary to occupy in America some spot which might be a resting place between Scotland and India.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
God should occupy the first place in your heart, and next to Him you should love your parents.
Let the voice of the croupier and the card on which you have marked the points, occupy your thoughts.The Sharper Detected and Exposed|Jean-Eugne Robert-Houdin
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.