Occupation 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. [1913 Webster]

2. That which occupies or engages the time and attention. [1913 Webster +PJC]

3. Specfically: The principal business of one's life; the principal work by which one earns one's livelihood; vocation; employment; profession; calling; trade; avocation; as, these days many people continue to practice their occupation well into their seventies. [1913 Webster +PJC]

Absence of occupation is not rest. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

{Occupation bridge} (Engin.), a bridge connecting the parts of an estate separated by a railroad, a canal, or an ordinary road. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Occupancy; possession; tenure; use; employment; avocation; engagement; vocation; calling; office; trade; profession. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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