AskDefine | Define occupy

Dictionary Definition



1 be present in; be inside of [syn: inhabit]
2 keep busy with; "She busies herself with her butterfly collection" [syn: busy]
3 live (in a certain place) [syn: reside, lodge in]
4 occupy the whole of; "The liquid fills the container" [syn: fill]
5 be on the mind of; "I worry about the second Germanic consonant" [syn: concern, interest, worry]
6 as of time or space; "It took three hours to get to work this morning"; "This event occupied a very short time" [syn: take, use up]
7 march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation; "Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939" [syn: invade]
8 engage or engross wholly; "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely" [syn: absorb, engross, engage] [also: occupied]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. : To fill either time or space.
    The film occupied three hours of my time.
  2. : To live or reside in.
    We occupy a small flat.
  3. : To fill or hold a position.
    I occupy the post of deputy cat catcher.
  4. : To conquer somewhere.
    The Germans occupied the Channel Islands.
  5. : To hold the attention of.
    I occupied her friend while he made his proposal.
  6. To cohabit, to have sexual intercourse with. (Reference: Sidney J. Baker, The Australian Language, second edition, 1966.)
    1590s: God's light, these villains will make the word as odious as the word 'occupy;' which was an excellent good word before it was ill sorted — William Shakespeare, ''Henry VI, Part 2, II.iv
  7. To place the theodolite or total station at (a point).


time or space
reside in
  • German: bewohnen
  • Italian: occupare
  • Old English: buan, weardian
  • Swedish: bo i
hold a position
  • German: besetzen
  • Old English: weardian
  • Swedish: inneha
  • Dutch: bezetten
  • Finnish: vallata, miehittää
  • German: besetzen
  • Swedish: ockupera, annektera
hold attention of
to be checked

Derived terms

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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