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
Synonyms for occupy
Examples from the Web for over-occupied
Historical Examples of over-occupied
Some of them are over-occupied, some of them have not enough to do.Psychotherapy
James J. Walsh
I shall never forget the comic look of despair he cast upon the other five over-occupied shells.Yesterdays with Authors
James T. Fields
She had been nervous and over-occupied before, but now her days are passed in a ferment.Search-Light Letters
I neither expect nor wish you to take notice of this which I am writing, in your present over-occupied & hurried state.The Amenities of Book-Collecting and Kindred Affections
A. Edward Newton
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.