verb (used with object), occupied, occupying.
to take or fill up (space, time, etc.): I occupied my evenings reading novels.
to engage or employ the mind, energy, or attention of: Occupy the children with a game while I prepare dinner.
to be a resident or tenant of; dwell in: We occupied the same house for 20 years.
to hold (a position, office, etc.).
to take possession and control of (a place), as by military invasion.
(usually initial capital letter) to participate in a protest about (a social or political issue), as by taking possession or control of buildings or public places that are symbolic of the issue: Let’s Occupy our voting rights! The Occupy Wall Street movement of late 2011 was a protest against economic inequality.
verb (used without object), occupied, occupying.
to take or hold possession.
(usually initial capital letter) to participate in a protest about a social or political issue.
(usually initial capital letter) of or pertaining to a protest about a social or political issue, as in Occupy movement; Occupy protest; Occupy candidate: the Occupy movement for social justice.

1300–50; Middle English occupien < Middle French occuper < Latin occupāre to seize, take hold, take up, make one's own, equivalent to oc- oc- + -cup-, combining form of capere to take, seize + -āre infinitive suffix

occupiable, adjective
occupier, noun
misoccupy, verb, misoccupied, misoccupying.
overoccupied, adjective
reoccupy, verb (used with object), reoccupied, reoccupying.
self-occupied, adjective
underoccupied, adjective
well-occupied, adjective

1, 2, 4, 5. See have. 2. use, busy. 5. capture, seize.
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occupy (ˈɒkjʊˌpaɪ)
vb , -pies, -pying, -pied
1.  to live or be established in (a house, flat, office, etc)
2.  (often passive) to keep (a person) busy or engrossed; engage the attention of
3.  (often passive) to take up (a certain amount of time or space)
4.  to take and hold possession of, esp as a demonstration: students occupied the college buildings
5.  to fill or hold (a position or rank)
[C14: from Old French occuper, from Latin occupāre to seize hold of, from ob- (intensive) + capere to take]

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Word Origin & History

c.1340, "to take possession of," also "to take up space or time, employ (someone)," from O.Fr. occuper, from L. occupare "take over, seize, possess, occupy," from ob "over" + intensive form of capere "to grasp, seize" (see capable). During 16c.-17c. a euphemism for "have
sexual intercourse with," 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"]
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Example sentences
Protesters also barred reporters from entering the occupied space.
Scientists suspect the behavior may benefit the birds by attracting insects or
  signaling to other owls that the nest is occupied.
Lovers' hearts, after all, should be occupied with warmer thoughts than those
  of health risks.
They were not some early croc offshoot that filled the niche that would later
  be occupied by predatory dinosaurs.
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