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[ok-yuh-puh n-see] /ˈɒk yə pən si/
noun, plural occupancies.
the act, state, or condition of being or becoming a tenant or of living in or taking up quarters or space in or on something:
Continued occupancy of the office depends on a rent reduction.
the possession or tenancy of a property:
You can have occupancy on June 1st.
the act of taking possession, as of a property.
the term during which one is an occupant.
the condition of being occupied:
Occupancy of the auditorium is limited to 1200 people.
the use to which property is put.
exercise of dominion over property that has no owner so as to become the legal owner.
Origin of occupancy
1590-1600; occup(ant) + -ancy
Related forms
unoccupancy, noun
1. tenancy, occupation, possession. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for occupancy
  • The right of occupancy is as good in one place as in another.
  • In post-occupancy surveys, acoustics often received poor marks.
  • Many hotels reported occupancy rates in single figures.
  • Both countries have a high rate of owner-occupancy and space for fresh construction.
  • occupancy fears are forcing hotels to put expansion projects on hold.
  • Moreover they take cognizance of superiority of earlier occupancy and exercise of practical sway that is continuous and peaceful.
  • occupancy tends to be lower in the winter than in the summer.
  • Hotel rooms can vary from single and double occupancy to family and honeymoon accommodations.
  • Hotels have enjoyed higher room rates and occupancy.
  • The hotel also offers single- and double-occupancy rooms, and every stay includes a breakfast buffet.
British Dictionary definitions for occupancy


noun (pl) -cies
the act of occupying; possession of a property
(law) the possession and use of property by or without agreement and without any claim to ownership
(law) the act of taking possession of unowned property, esp land, with the intent of thus acquiring ownership
the condition or fact of being an occupant, esp a tenant
the period of time during which one is an occupant, esp of property
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Word Origin and History for occupancy

1590s, "condition of being an occupant;" from occupant + -cy. Meaning "fact of occupying" is from 1833; that of "proportion of available space that is occupied" is attested by 1974.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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