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Topic: MILITARY

Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: occuper, from Latin occupare

occupy

verb
     
oc‧cu‧py S3 W2 past tense and past participle occupied, present participle occupying, third person singular occupies [transitive]
1

stay in a place

to live or stay in a place:
He occupies the house without paying any rent.
The building was purchased and occupied by its new owners last year.
2

fill time

if something occupies you or your time, you are busy doing it:
Football occupies most of my leisure time.
occupy somebody with (doing) something
Only six percent of police time is occupied with criminal incidents.
3

control by force

PM to enter a place in a large group and keep control of it, especially by military force [↪ invade]:
an occupying army
Students occupied Sofia university on Monday.
4

fill space

to fill a particular amount of space:
Family photos occupied almost the entire wall.
5

occupy somebody's mind/thoughts/attention

if something occupies your mind etc, you think about that thing more than anything else [↪ preoccupy]:
Work will occupy your mind and help you forget about him.
6

use

to use something such as a room, seat, or bed:
Many patients who are occupying hospital beds could be transferred to other places.
7

official position

BOPGO to have an official position or job:
Before becoming prime minister, he had already occupied several cabinet posts.
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