occupation

[ ok-yuh-pey-shuhn ]
/ ˌɒk yəˈpeɪ ʃən /
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noun


Nearby words

  1. occulting light,
  2. occultism,
  3. occultist,
  4. occupancy,
  5. occupant,
  6. occupation franchise,
  7. occupation groupings,
  8. occupation layer,
  9. occupational,
  10. occupational dermatitis

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

SYNONYMS FOR occupation
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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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British Dictionary definitions for reoccupation

occupation

/ (ˌɒkjʊˈpeɪʃən) /

noun

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

occupation

n.

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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