occupy[äk′yo̵̅o̅ pī′, -yə-]
- to take possession of by settlement or seizure
- to hold possession of by tenure; specif.,
- to dwell in
- to hold (a position or office)
- to take up or fill up (space, time, etc.)
- to employ, busy, or engage (oneself, one's attention, mind, etc.)
Origin: ME occupien < OFr occuper < L occupare, to take possession of, possess < ob- (see ob-) + capere, to seize: see have
- occupier noun
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transitive verb oc·cu·pied, oc·cu·py·ing, oc·cu·pies
- To fill up (time or space): a lecture that occupied three hours.
- To dwell or reside in.
- To hold or fill (an office or position).
- To seize possession of and maintain control over by or as if by conquest.
- To engage or employ the attention or concentration of: occupied the children with coloring books.
Origin: Middle English occupien, alteration of Old French occuper, from Latin occupāre, to seize : ob-, intensive pref.; see ob- + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
- ocˈcu·piˌer noun