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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 pertaining 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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  • Soon, it'll be occupying virtual territory in a bid to win recruits.
  • We were at this time occupying ground off from the street, in rear of the houses.
  • The enemy's line consisted of redans occupying commanding positions, with rifle-pits connecting them.
  • With the recollection of little things occupying his mind he closed his eyes and leaned back in the car seat.
  • He thought that by this provision his people should not lack money, wherewith to maintain their daily occupying and chaffer.
  • We are used to thinking of humans as occupying the sole pinnacle of evolutionary intelligence.
  • Only saturated populations settled down, occupying resource areas large enough to survive.
  • Good to see new technology occupying a space reserved for ecological matters.
  • Space is matter occupying time defined by thy interference.
  • Both occupying powers behave abominably but in different ways.
British Dictionary definitions for occupying

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 occupying

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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