occupation[äk′yo̵̅o̅ pā′s̸hən, -yə-]
- Occupation is your job or the way you spend your time or one country maintaining a military presence in another.
- An example of occupation is when you are a doctor or a lawyer.
- An example of occupation is when the United States maintains military troops in Iraq to keep control and order.
This woman is a doctor by occupation.
- an occupying or being occupied; specif., the seizure and control of a country or area by military forces
- that which chiefly engages one's time; (one's) trade, profession, or business
Origin of occupationOld French ; from Classical Latin occupatio
- a. An activity that serves as one's regular source of livelihood; a vocation.b. An activity engaged in especially as a means of passing time; an avocation.
- a. The act or process of holding or possessing a place.b. The state of being held or possessed.
- a. Invasion, conquest, and control of a nation or territory by foreign armed forces.b. The military government exercising control over an occupied nation or territory.
Origin of occupationMiddle English occupacioun, from Old French occupacion, from Latin occupātiō, occupātiōn-, from occupātus, past participle of occupāre, to occupy; see occupy.
From Middle English occupacioun, from Middle French occupation, from Latin occupatio.