occupy

  • 21 occupy — [14] Occupy comes via Anglo Norman *occupier from Latin occupāre ‘seize’, a compound verb formed from the intensive prefix ob and capere ‘take’ (source of English capture, chase, etc). In the 16th and 17th centuries it was used in English for… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 22 occupy — [14] Occupy comes via Anglo Norman *occupier from Latin occupāre ‘seize’, a compound verb formed from the intensive prefix ob and capere ‘take’ (source of English capture, chase, etc). In the 16th and 17th centuries it was used in English for… …

    Word origins

  • 23 occupy — occupiable, adj. occupier, n. /ok yeuh puy /, v., occupied, occupying. v.t. 1. to take or fill up (space, time, etc.): I occupied my evenings reading novels. 2. to engage or employ the mind, energy, or attention of: Occupy the children with a… …

    Universalium

  • 24 occupy — verb a) To fill either time or space. The film occupied three hours of my time. b) To live or reside in. We occupy a small flat. See Also: occ …

    Wiktionary

  • 25 occupy —    (of a male)    to copulate with    From the physical entry rather than gaining her attention:     These villains will make the word as odious as the word occupy , which was an excellent good word before it was ill sorted. (Shakespeare, 2 Henry …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 26 occupy — verb 1) Carol occupied the basement apartment Syn: live in, inhabit, be the tenant of, lodge in; move into, take up residence in, make one s home in; people, populate, settle; formal reside in, dwell in 2) two windows occupied almost the whole of …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 27 occupy — verb 1) Carol occupied the basement flat Syn: live in, inhabit, lodge in, move into, people, populate, settle 2) he occupies a post at the Treasury Syn: hold, fill, have; informal hold down …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 28 occupy*/*/ — [ˈɒkjʊpaɪ] verb [T] 1) to be using or in a room, building, or other place The Smith family have occupied this farm for over a hundred years.[/ex] 2) to be in control of a place that you have entered in a group using military force The region was… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 29 occupy — oc•cu•py [[t]ˈɒk yəˌpaɪ[/t]] v. pied, py•ing 1) cvb to have, hold, or take as a separate space; possess, reside in or on, or claim: The orchard occupies half the farm[/ex] 2) to be a resident or tenant of; dwell in 3) to fill up, employ, or… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 30 occupy — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. hold, inhabit, keep, fill, tenant, have; take, beset, garrison; interest, engage, engross, busy, employ. See abode, attention, business, presence. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To take possession] Syn.… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 31 occupy — oc·cu·py || É‘kjÉ™paɪ / É’kjÊŠ v. seize, conquer; hold, control v. inhabit, live in; fill, take up; engage, keep busy …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 32 occupy — verb (occupies, occupying, occupied) 1》 reside or have one s place of business in. 2》 fill or take up (a space or time). 3》 hold (a position or job). 4》 keep (someone) busy, active, or preoccupied. 5》 take control of (a place) by military… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 33 occupy — v. a. 1. Possess (for the time), keep, hold, have possession of. 2. Cover, fill, take up, possess. 3. Employ, use. 4. Follow, pursue, be engaged with. 5. Employ, busy, engage …

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  • 34 occupy — v 1. fill, fill up, permeate, pervade, cover, take up. 2. engage, employ, use, busy; interest, beguile, arrest, absorb, engross, preoccupy, concern, be on one s mind, absorb one s thoughts; entertain, divert, amuse; hold, secure, tie up, tie down …

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  • 35 occupy — oc·cu·py …

    English syllables

  • 36 occupy — [c]/ˈɒkjəpaɪ / (say okyuhpuy) verb (occupied, occupying) –verb (t) 1. to take up (space, time, etc.). 2. to engage or employ (the mind, attention, etc., or the person). 3. to take possession of (a place), as by invasion. 4. to hold (a position,… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 37 occupy —   Noho, ho onoho (as a house) …

    English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • 38 occupy — To take or enter upon possession of; to hold possession of; to hold or keep for use; to possess; to tenant; to do business in; to take or hold possession. Actual use, possession, and cultivation. See occupancy occupant occupation possession …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 39 occupy — To fill space; to take one s attention. To hold, to keep for use, or to possess, real estate. Missionary Soc. v Dalles City (US) 17 Otto 336, 27 L Ed 545, 2 S Ct 672 …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 40 occupy — v.tr. ( ies, ied) 1 reside in; be the tenant of. 2 take up or fill (space or time or a place). 3 hold (a position or office). 4 take military possession of (a country, region, town, strategic position). 5 place oneself in (a building etc.)… …

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