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Meaning of OCCUPY

Pronunciation:  'âkyupI

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  engage or engross wholly; "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
  2. [v]  march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation; "Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939"
  3. [v]  as of time or space; "It took three hours to get to work this morning"; "This event occupied a very short time"
  4. [v]  keep busy with; "She busies herself with her butterfly collection"
  5. [v]  live (in a certain place)
  6. [v]  occupy the whole of; "The liquid fills the container"
  7. [v]  be present in; be inside of
  8. [v]  be on the mind of; "What is worrying you?"

OCCUPY is a 6 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: absorb, busy, concern, engage, engross, fill, interest, invade, lodge in, reside, take, use up, worry
 See Also: assail, attack, be, be, consume, crash, crowd, dabble, domicile, domiciliate, dwell, expend, infest, infest, inhabit, interest, invade, involve, live, move in, nest, overrun, overrun, people, play around, populate, potter, putter, rivet, shack, smatter, squat, stay at, take up, tenant, use, work



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Oc"cu*py\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Occupied}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Occupying}.] [OE. occupien, F. occuper, fr.L. occupare;
    ob (see {Ob-}) + a word akin to capere to take. See
    1. To take or hold possession of; to hold or keep for use; to
             Woe occupieth the fine [/end] of our gladness.
             The better apartments were already occupied. --W.
    2. To hold, or fill, the dimensions of; to take up the room
       or space of; to cover or fill; as, the camp occupies five
       acres of ground. --Sir J. Herschel.
    3. To possess or use the time or capacity of; to engage the
       service of; to employ; to busy.
             An archbishop may have cause to occupy more
             chaplains than six.                   --Eng. Statute
                                                   (Hen. VIII. )
             They occupied themselves about the Sabbath. --2
                                                   Macc. viii.
    4. To do business in; to busy one's self with. [Obs.]
             All the ships of the sea, with their mariners, were
             in thee to occupy the merchandise.    --Ezek. xxvii.
             Not able to occupy their old crafts.  --Robynson
    5. To use; to expend; to make use of. [Obs.]
             All the gold that was occupied for the work. --Ex.
                                                   xxxviii. 24.
             They occupy not money themselves.     --Robynson
    6. To have sexual intercourse with. [Obs.] --Nares.
  2. \Oc"cu*py\, v. i.
    1. To hold possession; to be an occupant. ``Occupy till I
       come.'' --Luke xix. 13.
    2. To follow business; to traffic.
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