Definitions of occupy

  1. engage or engross wholly; " Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
  2. keep busy with; " She busies herself with her butterfly collection"
  3. be on the mind of; " What is worrying you?"
  4. occupy the whole of; " The liquid fills the container"
  5. be present in; be inside of
  6. march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation; " Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939"
  7. live ( in a certain place)
  8. as of time or space; " It took three hours to get to work this morning"; " This event occupied a very short time"
  9. be on the mind of; " I worry about the second Germanic consonant"
  10. To have sexual intercourse with.
  11. To take or hold possession of; to hold or keep for use; to possess.
  12. 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.
  13. To possess or use the time or capacity of; to engage the service of; to employ; to busy.
  14. To do business in; to busy one's self with.
  15. To use; to expend; to make use of.
  16. To hold possession; to be an occupant.
  17. To follow business; to traffic.
  18. To take possession of; have in possession or use; dwell in; as, to occupy a room; to fill or cover, as time or space; as, household duties occupy her day; to employ; to busy; as, to occupy oneself with work.
  19. Occupied.
  20. Occupying.
  21. Occupier.
  22. To take or seize: to hold possession of: to cover or fill: to employ: ( B.) to use: to trade with.
  23. To hold possession: ( B.) to trade:- pa. t. and pa. p. occupied.
  24. To take or hold possession of; fill; cover; employ.
  25. To use in an exclusive manner; possess; employ.
  26. To take possession; to keep in possession; to take up; to cover or fill; to employ; to busy one's self; to follow, as business.
  27. To hold possession; to follow business.
  28. To take possession of; to hold or keep for use; to take up, as room or space; to busy; to employ, as time; to use; to engage, as time and attention; to follow a business.

Usage examples for occupy

  1. Mrs. Arling was out, and he could not occupy the parlor alone with the daughter; but still he had reason to be thankful. – A Canadian Bankclerk by J. P. Buschlen
  2. In Bopaul's family it was not necessary for Mayita to occupy that position. – The Outcaste by F. E. Penny
  3. There was plenty to occupy her mind. – His Second Wife by Ernest Poole
  4. You have a thousand things to occupy you. – The Adventures of Sally by P. G. Wodehouse
  5. " Your Majesty orders me then to occupy myself"- " No, not at all. – Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas
  6. They dine together in the hall of this house, and occupy their tents at night. – Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877 by James Kennedy
  7. Here was the country we would occupy. – The White Shield by Bertram Mitford
  8. " Nor content to occupy even a front one at the same show for long," she observed. – The Lamp in the Desert by Ethel M. Dell
  9. So pleasant a sight was enough to arrest Martin for an hour, though less important things, such as making his living, could not occupy him for a minute. – Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard by Eleanor Farjeon
  10. Finally, not the least important detail is to occupy a single bed, so that it is possible to turn over without fear of disturbing someone else. – The Prospective Mother A Handbook for Women During Pregnancy by J. Morris Slemons
  11. Receiving and refusing these proposals will occupy most of the time." – The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2) by John Holland Rose
  12. Humfrey believed his service over, and began to occupy himself with putting his clothes together, while considering whether to seek his father in London or to go home. – Unknown to History A Story of the Captivity of Mary of Scotland by Charlotte M. Yonge
  13. He shewed me the apartment she was to occupy; it was fit for a young marchioness, and he told me that she should be attended by his own niece, that she should not leave the house, and that nobody but myself should visit her. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  14. It was no part of his business to be so, and I had observed that he did not occupy himself with anything outside of it. – An Antarctic Mystery by Jules Verne
  15. But we will possibly see that the Confederate States occupy a stronger position. – Trial of the Officers and Crew of the Privateer Savannah, on the Charge of Piracy, in the United States Circuit Court for the Southern District of New York by A. F. Warburton
  16. Still, I am wiser now, and what I may have to suffer is no more than my desert for believing that any man is warranted in trying to thrust himself above the station he was meant to occupy. – Delilah of the Snows by Harold Bindloss
  17. Thankful to have at last found a resting- place, they as quickly as possible established themselves in the house they were to occupy. – Woman: Man's Equal by Thomas Webster
  18. Presently the girl said: " What business is this that Mark is going to occupy himself in?" – Colonel Thorndyke's Secret by G. A. Henty
  19. She tried to read or occupy herself with something, but was too nervous. – The Comedienne by Wladyslaw Reymont
  20. And did one of the ladies occupy that room with the closed shutters? – Lord John in New York by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson