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
Examples from the Web for occupying
Hmm, who are these people standing in front of the machines at the gym, neither occupying them nor not occupying them?
Once, when occupying a cell in near a phone, I saw the suicide prevention protocols in action.
After Germany surrendered, Bennett was stationed there as part of the Allied occupying force.Tony Bennett’s Nazi Hunting Past Is Just One Reason He’s the Greatest Living American|Asawin Suebsaeng|September 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They were close to occupying Mariupol, but they depend on Putin, who demonstrated his political will to stop the war.
Here, as elsewhere in the east, armed separatists are occupying administrative buildings near parks and playgrounds.The Sky Explodes Over Luhansk, and Kiev Blames the Separatists|Anna Nemtsova|June 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Punch was occupying a rug on my library floor, virtuously engaged with building blocks.Dear Enemy|Jean Webster
The frontier was closely guarded against the savage tribes who seemed to be occupying the waste lands of northern Europe.The Story of Mankind|Hendrik Van Loon
Something else she really meant, for Mr. Harrington Surtaine was now occupying it to an inexcusable extent.The Clarion|Samuel Hopkins Adams
He was in a big alcove, occupying the position that in his previous experience had been devoted to the lower boxes.When the Sleeper Wakes|Herbert George Wells
While Adam was occupying the outlaw's attention, Frank had stepped behind him, and thrown his arm around his neck.Frank in the Mountains|Harry Castlemon
British Dictionary definitions for occupying
verb -pies, -pying or -pied (tr)
Word Origin for occupy
Word Origin and History for occupying
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.