Occupy Definition

occupied, occupies, occupying
occupied, occupies, occupying
To dwell or reside in (an apartment, for example).
American Heritage
To take up or fill up (space, time, etc.)
Webster's New World
To hold possession of by tenure.
Webster's New World
To take possession of by settlement or seizure.
Webster's New World
To employ, busy, or engage (oneself, one's attention, mind, etc.)
Webster's New World

Origin of Occupy

  • Middle English occupien alteration of Old French occuper from Latin occupāre to seize ob- intensive pref. ob– capere to take kap- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English, from Old French occuper, from Latin occupare (“to take possession of, seize, occupy, take up, employ"), from ob (“to, on") + capere (“to take").

    From Wiktionary

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