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occupy

[ok-yuh-pahy] /ˈɒk yəˌpaɪ/
verb (used with object), occupied, occupying.
1.
to take or fill up (space, time, etc.):
I occupied my evenings reading novels.
2.
to engage or employ the mind, energy, or attention of:
Occupy the children with a game while I prepare dinner.
3.
to be a resident or tenant of; dwell in:
We occupied the same house for 20 years.
4.
to hold (a position, office, etc.).
5.
to take possession and control of (a place), as by military invasion.
6.
(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.
7.
to take or hold possession.
8.
(usually initial capital letter) to participate in a protest about a social or political issue.
adjective
9.
(usually initial capital letter) of or relating to a protest about a social or political issue, as in Occupy movement; Occupy protest; Occupy candidate:
the Occupy movement for social justice.
Origin
1300-1350
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
Related forms
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
Synonyms
1, 2, 4, 5. See have. 2. use, busy. 5. capture, seize.
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  • For that reason, the bad student occupies a curious place in the pantheon of students.
  • The dream censorship itself is the author, or one of the authors, of the dream distortion whose investigation now occupies us.
  • When present, it generally only partially separates the articular surfaces, and occupies the upper part of the articulation.
  • The fatty tissue covers the surface of the gland, and occupies the interval between its lobes.
  • The central portion occupies the middle of the palm, is triangular in shape, and of great strength and thickness.
  • In his room, it is again the singing canary in the cage who occupies him and stimulates him to a comparison with himself.
  • Your native bee-hunter predicates the distance of the tree by the time the bee occupies in making its first trip.
  • The articular surface of the lower end of the femur occupies the anterior, inferior, and posterior surfaces of the condyles.
  • These examples show that the naïve occupies a position midway between wit and the comic.
  • It occupies the space of a former garage, whose foundation encloses it.
British Dictionary definitions for occupies

occupy

/ˈɒkjʊˌpaɪ/
verb (transitive) -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)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French occuper, from Latin occupāre to seize hold of, from ob- (intensive) + capere to take
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Word Origin and History for occupies

occupy

v.

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.

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