“Israel became an occupying power … not simply a Jewish state,” the Palestinian intellectual, Professor Edward Said, would note.
The campaign is occupying less front-page real estate in the major papers as well.
According to international law, Israel will be occupying a sovereign nation.
Here, as elsewhere in the east, armed separatists are occupying administrative buildings near parks and playgrounds.
It is Israel that is occupying and colonizing Palestine, not the other way around.
The explanation came later, when other matters were occupying her and when Paliser, headlined in the papers, was dead.
The woman had consented to our occupying an out-house, and had agreed to buy the provisions.
The timber-land of Linn, occupying half its area, is comprised in three belts of dense forest, half of which is red fir.
It was a beautiful morning, and Gloria and the cat were occupying the broad piazza.
French officers and a few American officers were occupying the chteau.
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.