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Pronunciation:  `âkyu'peyshun

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  1. [n]  the act of occupying or taking possession of a building; "occupation of a building without a certificate of occupancy is illegal"
  2. [n]  the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money; "he's not in my line of business"
  3. [n]  any activity that occupies a person's attention; "he missed the bell in his occupation with the computer game"
  4. [n]  the control of a country by military forces of a foreign power
  5. [n]  the period of time during which a place or position or nation is occupied; "during the German occupation of Paris"

OCCUPATION is a 10 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: business, job, line, line of work, military control, moving in, occupancy, taking possession
 See Also: accountancy, accounting, acquiring, activity, appointment, berth, biz, calling, career, catering, craft, employment, farming, game, getting, land, medium, metier, office, period, period of time, photography, place, position, post, preoccupancy, preoccupation, profession, salt mine, situation, social control, sport, spot, time period, trade, treadmill, vocation, work



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Oc`cu*pa"tion\, n. [L. occupatio: cf.F. occupation.]
1. The act or process of occupying or taking possession;
   actual possession and control; the state of being
   occupied; a holding or keeping; tenure; use; as, the
   occupation of lands by a tenant.

2. That which occupies or engages the time and attention; the
   principal business of one's life; vocation; employment;
   calling; trade.

         Absence of occupation is not rest.    --Cowper.

{Occupation bridge} (Engin.), a bridge connecting the parts
   of an estate separated by a railroad, a canal, or an
   ordinary road.

Syn: Occupancy; possession; tenure; use; employment;
     avocation; engagement; vocation; calling; office; trade;

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