Definition of "occupy" []

  • To fill up (time or space): a lecture that occupied three hours. (verb-transitive)
  • To dwell or reside in. (verb-transitive)
  • To hold or fill (an office or position). (verb-transitive)
  • To seize possession of and maintain control over by or as if by conquest. (verb-transitive)
  • To engage or employ the attention or concentration of: occupied the children with coloring books. (verb-transitive)
  • To live or be established in (a house, flat, office, etc) (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To keep (a person) busy or engrossed; engage the attention of (verb)
  • To take up (a certain amount of time or space) (verb)
  • To take and hold possession of, esp as a demonstration (verb)
  • To fill or hold (a position or rank) (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "occupy" in a sentence
  • "The word occupy also connotes presence, however, which is the precursor to love."
  • "Just the word occupy insinuates to take over without consent."
  • "The word "occupy" is a bit like the word "cleave," which, as Alan Watts was fond of pointing out, has two meanings, one of which is the precise opposite of the other."