• WordNet 3.6
    • v occupy consume all of one's attention or time "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
    • v occupy march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation "Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939"
    • v occupy require (time or space) "It took three hours to get to work this morning","This event occupied a very short time"
    • v occupy assume, as of positions or roles "She took the job as director of development","he occupies the position of manager","the young prince will soon occupy the throne"
    • v occupy keep busy with "She busies herself with her butterfly collection"
    • v occupy live (in a certain place) "She resides in Princeton","he occupies two rooms on the top floor"
    • v occupy occupy the whole of "The liquid fills the container"
    • v occupy be on the mind of "I worry about the second Germanic consonant shift"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building
    • Occupy To do business in; to busy one's self with. "All the ships of the sea, with their mariners, were in thee to occupy the merchandise.""Not able to occupy their old crafts."
    • Occupy To follow business; to traffic.
    • Occupy To have sexual intercourse with. "And Adam knew Eve his wife.""And I knew that thou hearest me always.""The monk he instantly knew to be the prior.""In other hands I have known money do good."
    • Occupy To hold possession; to be an occupant. "Occupy till I come."
    • Occupy To hold, or fill, the dimensions of; to take up the room or space of; to cover or fill; as, the camp occupies five acres of ground.
    • Occupy To possess or use the time or capacity of; to engage the service of; to employ; to busy. "An archbishop may have cause to occupy more chaplains than six.""They occupied themselves about the Sabbath."
    • Occupy To take or hold possession of; to hold or keep for use; to possess. "Woe occupieth the fine [end] of our gladness.""The better apartments were already occupied ."
    • Occupy To use; to expend; to make use of. "All the gold that was occupied for the work.""They occupy not money themselves."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Basketball was invented in 1891 by James Naismith. He set out to invent a game to occupy students between the football and baseball seasons.
    • occupy To take possession of and retain or keep; enter upon the possession and use of; hold and use; especially, to take possession of (a place as a place of residence, or in warfare a town or country) and become established in it.
    • occupy To take up, as room or space, or attention, interest, etc.; cover or fill; engross: as, to occupy too much space; to occupy the time with reading; to occupy the attention.
    • occupy To hold, as an office; fill.
    • occupy To take up and follow as a business or employment; be employed about; ply.
    • occupy To employ; give occupation to; engage; busy: often used reflexively: as, to occupy one's self about something.
    • occupy To use; make use of.
    • occupy To possess; enjoy (with an obscene double meaning).
    • occupy Synonyms 1-3. Hold, Own, etc. See possess.
    • occupy To be in possession or occupation; hold possession; be an occupant; have possession and use.
    • occupy To trade; traffic; carry on business.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Greyhounds are not hyper and do not need constant exercise; they are quite happy occupying space on a couch.
    • v.t Occupy ok′ū-pī to take or hold possession of: to take up, as room, &c.: to fill, as an office: to employ: :
    • v.i Occupy to hold possession:
    • v.t Occupy ok′ū-pī (B.) to use: to trade with
    • v.t Occupy ok′ū-pī (Shak.) to possess, enjoy
    • v.i Occupy (B.) to trade:—pa.t. and pa.p. occ′ūpied
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  • Virginia Woolf
    “Somewhere, everywhere, now hidden, now apparent in what ever is written down, is the form of a human being. If we seek to know him, are we idly occupied?”
  • Walter Savage Landor
    “No thoroughly occupied person was ever found really miserable.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “If you are pre-occupied with life and death then you aren't ready for heaven.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “No man who is occupied in doing a very difficult thing, and doing it very well, ever loses his self-respect.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “The eyes like sentinel occupy the highest place in the body.”
  • Daniel Webster
    “The most important thought that ever occupied my mind is that of my individual responsibility to God.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. occupien, F. occuper, fr.L. occupare,; ob,see Ob-) + a word akin to capere, to take. See Capacious


In literature:

It is simply the planter, with his people, occupied in preparation for the morrow's moving.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
They were all in different attitudes, and occupied differently.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
When Columbus landed on the shores of America, the Indians were the only people he found occupying this great continent.
"The Choctaw Freedmen" by Robert Elliott Flickinger
And to occupy it in any way, would be a very expensive undertaking.
"Godfrey Morgan" by Jules Verne
They had been ordered to take some cottages, occupied by German soldiers as a makeshift fortification.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 12)"
Every space is occupied by its contents.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
She has not occupied the time of this Conference for one minute upon the general subject.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
At this point the hills occupied by the Jowaki section of the Afridi tribe push out a great tongue eastwards.
"The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir" by Sir James McCrone Douie
Let us hear how you have been occupying your valuable time.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
An oil painting occupied the alcove.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert

In poetry:

Occupy some worthy place,
Care not if it soil;
Honest labor's no disgrace;
Man was made to toil.
"Labor" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Fond of the speculative height,
Thither he wings his airy flight,
And thence securely sees
The bustle and the rareeshow,
That occupy mankind below,
Secure and at his ease.
"The Jackdaw" by William Cowper
Those mellow days are past and dim,
But generations new,
In regular descent from him,
Have filled the stately pew ;
And in the same succession go,
To occupy the vault below.
"The Squire’s Pew" by Jane Taylor
And when the race is swept away,
All to their dusty beds,
Still shall the mellow evening ray
Shine gaily o'er their heads;
While other faces, fresh and new,
Shall occupy the squire's pew.
"The Squire’s Pew" by Jane Taylor
And the enemy were posted high up amongst the hills,
And when they saw the British, with fear their blood thrills;
The savages were camped on the hillsides in war array,
And occupying a strong position which before the British lay.
"General Roberts in Afghanistan" by William Topaz McGonagall
The Pass of Leny is most wild and amazing to see,
With its beetling crags and towering mountains and romantic scenery;
And the brawling Leny, with its little waterfalls,
Will repay the visitor for the time occupied any time he calls.
"Bonnie Callander" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Occupy Grand Rapids stakes out a new campsite .
Beanbag hit Occupy protester, not gas canister .
The Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) occupies another.
Report criticizes OPD's response to Occupy.
Two abandoned homes burned and one occupied doublewide was damaged in an early morning fire Tuesday, according to Woodbine Fire Chief Rick Fore.
'Occupy' protests give birth to new catchphrase .
NEW YORK – Occupy Wall Street, meet Occupy the Bar.
Today, his estate occupies a mere fraction of the original 100 acres.
Occupy Wall Street Celebrates Anniversary With Concert.
An Occupy Wall Street protester wakes up after spending the night in Zuccotti Park near Wall Street in New York Oct 11, 2011.
We will view video, exchange information, and discuss how we can participate in the Occupy movements across the US.
David Miller discusses, among other things, the role of religion in social activism (and specifically the "Occupy" movement).
Occupy San Francisco protesters entered Catholic Church-owned properties at 888 Turk last night.
Emails show that Oakland's city administrator sought to redact portions of the Frazier Report that included strong criticisms of the police department and its handling of Occupy Oakland.
Images of stoic police officers hauling away Occupy DC protesters were largely a memory Monday, as both sides tried to rebuild a cooperative — if cautious — co-existence following their 10-hour standoff Sunday.

In science:

In most cases the diagonal probability, i.e. the probability that each state occupies its expected place, is larger than 50%.
A study of randomness, correlations and collectivity in the nuclear shell model
In Table VIII we show the probability for states belonging to the ground state band in 48Cr, to occupy its expected place.
A study of randomness, correlations and collectivity in the nuclear shell model
The theory of Poisson-Lie groups occupies a central place in the theory of Poisson manifolds.
On simple real Lie bialgebras
The M sites of a lattice are either empty or occupied by one of the N particles.
Clusters in Simple Fluids
Particles occupying nearest neighbour sites interact with an attractive energy −ǫ < 0.
Clusters in Simple Fluids