1. a person's usual or principal work or business, especially as a means of earning a living; vocation: Her occupation was dentistry.
  2. any activity in which a person is engaged.
  3. possession, settlement, or use of land or property.
  4. the act of occupying, possessing, or settling.
  5. the state of being occupied, taken over, or settled.
  6. the state of being busy: His constant occupation with his writing has cut severely into his social life.
  7. the seizure and control of an area by military forces, especially foreign territory.
  8. the term of control of a territory by foreign military forces: Danish resistance during the German occupation.
  9. tenure or the holding of an office or official function: during his occupation of the vice presidency.
  10. the act of going into and taking control of a public or private space, as a park or building, especially as an act of protest: The students' week-long occupation of the dean's office brought about a change in the university's curfew policy.
  11. the state or condition of living or working in a given place: The landlord will not allow occupation of any of his apartments by families with children or pets.

Origin of occupation

1250–1300; Middle English occupacioun < Middle French occupation < Latin occupātiōn- (stem of occupātiō), equivalent to occupāt(us) (past participle of occupāre; see occupy) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsoc·cu·pa·tion·less, adjectiveoc·cu·pa·tive, adjectivenon·oc·cu·pa·tion, nounre·oc·cu·pa·tion, nounself-oc·cu·pa·tion, noun

Synonyms for occupation

Synonym study

1. Occupation, business, profession, trade refer to the activity to which one regularly devotes oneself, especially one's regular work, or means of getting a living. Occupation is the general word: a pleasant or congenial occupation. Business especially suggests a commercial or mercantile occupation: the printing business. Profession implies an occupation requiring special knowledge and training in some field of science or learning: the profession of teaching. Trade suggests an occupation involving manual training and skill: one of the building trades.
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Examples from the Web for reoccupation

Historical Examples of reoccupation

  • But with the beginning of spring, the progress of our arms opened Hampton to reoccupation.

    Mary S. Peake

    Lewis C. Lockwood

  • This was near dawn, when military announcements of the reoccupation of Boulder Lake were being passed out to the news media.

    Operation Terror

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • The Democrats adroitly asserted in their platform their approval of the re-annexation of Texas and reoccupation of Oregon.

  • The reoccupation of abandoned areas and the utilization of new land was quickly the order of the day.

  • Some of these works were renovated during the reoccupation of Castine by the British in 1812.

British Dictionary definitions for reoccupation


  1. a person's regular work or profession; job or principal activity
  2. any activity on which time is spent by a person
  3. the act of occupying or the state of being occupied
  4. the control of a country by a foreign military power
  5. the period of time that a nation, place, or position is occupied
  6. (modifier) for the use of the occupier of a particular propertyoccupation road; occupation bridge
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Word Origin and History for reoccupation



early 14c., "fact of holding or possessing;" mid-14c., "a being employed in something," also "a particular action," from Old French occupacion "pursuit, work, employment; occupancy, occupation" (12c.), from Latin occupationem (nominative occupatio) "a taking possession; business, employment," noun of action from past participle stem of occupare (see occupy). Meaning "employment, business in which one engages" is late 14c. That of "condition of being held and ruled by troops of another country" is from 1940.

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