In these cases, it is essential that the goals and strategies of the occupying force and the host government are aligned.
“Israel became an occupying power … not simply a Jewish state,” the Palestinian intellectual, Professor Edward Said, would note.
He says the separatists will continue to hold on to the government buildings they are occupying until a referendum date is set.
Here, as elsewhere in the east, armed separatists are occupying administrative buildings near parks and playgrounds.
The campaign is occupying less front-page real estate in the major papers as well.
The explanation came later, when other matters were occupying her and when Paliser, headlined in the papers, was dead.
It often made him watch Walter, and wonder what could be occupying his thoughts.
The timber-land of Linn, occupying half its area, is comprised in three belts of dense forest, half of which is red fir.
All the same we had a very busy day, scouting and occupying kopjes.
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.