Complete Definition of "occupy"

English

Verb
en-verb|occup|i|ed

  1. transitive: To fill either time or space.

#:The film occupied three hours of my time.

  1. transitive: To live or reside in.

#:We occupy a small flat.

  1. transitive: To fill or hold a position.

#:I occupy the post of deputy cat catcher.

  1. transitive: To conquer somewhere.

#:The Germans occupied the Channel Islands.

  1. transitive: To hold the attention of.

#:I occupied her friend while he made his proposal.]

  1. obsolete To cohabit, to have sexual intercourse with. (Reference: Sidney J. Baker, The Australian Language, second edition, 1966.)

#: 1590s: God's light, these villains will make the word as odious as the word 'occupy;' which was an excellent good word before it was ill sorted &mdash; w:William Shakespeare|William Shakespeare, ''w:Henry VI, Part 2|Henry VI, Part 2, II.iv 1. <!-- note: this line is missing from the Project Gutenberg edition, bowlderized or whatever -->

  1. surveying To place the theodolite or total station at (a point).

Translations
trans-top|time or space
Finnish: varata
German: in Anspruch nehmen
trans-mid
Swedish: uppta, ta upp
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trans-top|reside in
German: bewohnen
Italian: occupare
Old English: buan|būan, weardian
trans-mid
Swedish: bo i
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trans-top|hold a position
German: besetzen
trans-mid
Old English: weardian
Swedish: inneha
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trans-top|conquer
Dutch: t+|nl|bezetten
Finnish: vallata, miehittää
German: besetzen
trans-mid
Swedish: ockupera, annektera
trans-bottom

trans-top|hold attention of
sich beschäftigen mit
trans-mid
trans-bottom

Derived terms
occupier
occupation

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