• WordNet 3.6
    • n occupation the act of occupying or taking possession of a building "occupation of a building without a certificate of occupancy is illegal"
    • n occupation the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money "he's not in my line of business"
    • n occupation any activity that occupies a person's attention "he missed the bell in his occupation with the computer game"
    • n occupation the control of a country by military forces of a foreign power
    • n occupation the period of time during which a place or position or nation is occupied "during the German occupation of Paris"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The occupations of the three men in a tub were butcher, baker, and candlestick maker.
    • Occupation That which occupies or engages the time and attention.
    • Occupation 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.
    • Occupation 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. "Absence of occupation is not rest."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The six most dangerous occupations in America are; football player, firefighter, race-car driver, astrnaut, police officer, and fisherman.
    • n occupation The act of occupying or taking possession; a holding or keeping; possession; tenure.
    • n occupation The state of being occupied or employed in any way; employment; use: as, occupation with important affairs.
    • n occupation That to which one's time and attention are habitually devoted; habitual or stated employment; vocation; calling; trade; business.
    • n occupation Use; benefit; profit.
    • n occupation Consumption; waste.
    • n occupation Synonyms Occupation, Calling, Vocation, Employment, Pursuit, Business, Trade, Craft, Profession, Office. In regard to what a person does as a regular work or a means of earning a livelihood, occupation is that which occupies or takes up his time, strength, and thought; calling and vocation are high words, indicating that one is called by Providence to a particular line of work; calling is Anglo-Saxon and familiar, and vocation is Latin and lofty (the words are not always used in the higher sense of divine appointment or the call of duty, but it is much better to save them for the expression of that idea); employment is essentially the same as occupation; pursuit is the line of work which one pursues or follows; business suggests something of the management of buying and selling; trade and profession stand over against each other for the less and more intellectual pursuits, as the trade of a carpenter, the profession of an architect; trade is different from a trade, the latter being skill in some handicraft: as, being obliged to learn a trade, he chose that of a blacksmith; the “learned professions” used to be law, medicine, and the ministry, but the number is now increased; craft is an old word for a trade; office suggests the idea of duties to be performed for others. See avocation, 5.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "honcho" comes from a Japanese word meaning "squad leader" and first came into usage in the English language during the American occupation of Japan following World War II.
    • n Occupation the act of occupying or taking possession: possession: state of being employed or occupied: that which occupies or takes up one's attention: employment
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  • Laurence Sterne
    “There are worse occupations in this world than feeling a woman's pulse.”
  • John Ruskin
    “Large fortunes are all founded either on the occupation of land, or lending or the taxation of labor.”
  • Truman Capote
    Truman Capote
    “Friendship is a pretty full-time occupation if you really are friendly with somebody. You can't have too many friends because then you're just not really friends.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.”
  • Queen Christina
    Queen Christina
    “It is necessary to try to surpass one's self always; this occupation ought to last as long as life.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. occupatio,: cf. F. occupation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. occupāre, -ātumob, to, on, capĕre, to take.


In literature:

The war canoe had been cut in two, and its late occupants were swimming for their lives.
"The Free Rangers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Legally their occupation was gone altogether.
"A Book of the Play" by Dutton Cook
These elements are too diverse and their occupation of the valley too recent for amalgamation to have advanced very far as yet.
"Influences of Geographic Environment" by Ellen Churchill Semple
She'd have to find some amusing sort of occupation to enable her to forget that.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
This, O child, is not the occupation of a Brahmana devoted to asceticism.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
He must soon find occupation or starve.
"Stephen A. Douglas" by Allen Johnson
A few of the occupations of life afford us unending enjoyment at every stage of the doing, but not many.
"Vocational Guidance for Girls" by Marguerite Stockman Dickson
The occupation which makes the reason clear is so absorbing that a night which is not any longer is discovered.
"Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein" by Gertrude Stein
The characters of the youthful occupants of the room might be detected in every article it contained.
"Jack Sheppard" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Our domestic life at this time gave me much opportunity for occupation and reflection.
"Autobiography of Friedrich Froebel" by Friedrich Froebel

In poetry:

Crisp hot whiteness
City Noon
Occupants of plague zone
are consumed.
"Notes On Vision" by James Douglas Morrison
The boats are lowered, but, sad to say,
Engulfed amid the briny spray;
Leave all their occupants to lave,
And welter in the angry wave.
"The Wreck of the S. S. Penguin" by Angus Cameron Robertson
Between the dark and the daylight,
When the night is beginning to lower,
Comes a pause in the day's occupations,
That is known as the Children's Hour.
"The Children's Hour. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Second)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
CHO. Through the night, the constellations,
Have given light from various stations.
When midnight gloom falls on all nations,
We will resume our occupations.
"Thespis: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Some desperate attempts were made
To start a conversation;
"Madam," the sportive Brown essayed,
"Which kind of recreation,
Hunting or fishing, have you made
Your special occupation?"
"Melancholetta" by Lewis Carroll
My cabin, that I thought a tomb,
Despite its neat and bright array,
Seems now a smiling summer room
Where only Peace hath leave to stay;
And Occupation's Eden-state,
Light, mirthful, earnest, and elate.
"The Oceanides XII" by Mary Jane Jewsbury

In news:

Discover Curaçao's spectacular marine life with 7 Nights and 5 Days of 2-tank boat diving based on double occupancy.
7 Nights and 6 Days of 2-tank boat diving based on double occupancy.
Now the sole occupant of the yawning void between Chevrolet and Cadillac in General Motors' lineup, Buick is turning out a limited line of attractive, safe, reliable cars that also deliver solid performance.
Listen in to this intimate conversation with Dr Dahlia Wasfi, who shares her reflections on peace and justice in the Middle East six years into the US occupation of Iraq.
BP plans to resolve all of the citations issued to it by the US Department of Labor 's Occupational Safety and Health Administration by the end of the year.
Department of Labor 's OSHA cites MillerCoors in Golden, Colo. For violations of Occupational Safety and Health Act.
Tax consequences of selling property differ depending on occupancy.
The Premier Conference & Exposition for Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Professionals.
The US Senate this week called on Russia to stop its 'occupation' of two breakaway enclaves that were once part of Georgia.
In Close Vote, Presbyterian Church Rejects Divesting in Firms That Aid Israeli Occupation.
A historical cross-disciplinary perspective on the professional doctorate in occupational therapy.
President Obama set aside politics Thursday to offer a warm welcome to the White House for its most recent former occupant.
Occupational therapy offers variety at work.
And Boston College, where she earned a degree in occupational therapy.
But now you are confused with the perfect plan to make so that you get your dream home built and ready for occupation.

In science:

At temperature T , the occupation number is given by the Fermi function hNq i = hη†q ηq i = (1 + eeq (φ)/T )−1 .
Scaling of the spin stiffness in random spin-1/2 chains : Crossover from pure-metallic behaviour to random singlet-localized regime
The above results for occupation measures are deduced from these propositions using Lemma 13.
Two recursive decompositions of Brownian bridge
Ij in (iii) and (iv) is recovered like λIj as a measurable function of the random occupation measure µIj .
Two recursive decompositions of Brownian bridge
The distribution of the local time density of the conditional occupation measure in (iv) is described by a conditional form of the Ray–Knight theorem: see [20, 28] for details in the Brownian case.
Two recursive decompositions of Brownian bridge
But, as κ → ∞, on each such time interval, we may apply the large deviation principle for the occupation time measure of X κ .
Intermittency in a catalytic random medium