Word: oc·cu·py Pronunciation of occupy: 'ä-ky&-"pIFunction of occupy: transitive verbOther forms of occupy: -pied
; -py·ingOrigin of occupy:
Middle English occupien
to take possession of, occupy, modification of Middle French occuper,
from Latin occupare,
(akin to capere
to seize) -- more at OB-
: to engage the attention or energies of2 a
: to take up (a place or extent in space) <this chair is occupied
> <the fireplace will occupy
this corner of the room> b
: to take or fill (an extent in time) <the hobby occupies
all of my free time>3 a
: to take or hold possession or control of <enemy troops occupied
the ridge> b
: to fill or perform the functions of (an office or position)4
: to reside in as an owner or tenant
occupy v. t. To take or hold possession of; to hold or keep for use; to possess.
occupy v. t. 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 v. t. To possess or use the time or capacity of; to engage the service of; to employ; to busy.
occupy v. t. To do business in; to busy one's self with.
occupy v. t. To use; to expend; to make use of.
occupy v. t. To have sexual intercourse with.
occupy v. i. To hold possession; to be an occupant.
occupy v. i. To follow business; to traffic.
occupy v. seize, conquer; hold, control
v. inhabit, live in; fill, take up; engage, keep busy