- 1occupy something to fill or use a space, an area, or an amount of time synonym take up The bed seemed to occupy most of the room. How much memory does the program occupy? Administrative work occupies half of my time.
- 2occupy something (formal) to live or work in a room, house, or building He occupies an office on the 12th floor.
- 3occupy something to enter a place in a large group and take control of it, especially by military force The capital has been occupied by the rebel army. Protesting students occupied the TV station.
- 4 to fill your time or keep you busy doing something occupy somebody/something/yourself a game that will occupy the kids for hours Problems at work continued to occupy his mind for some time. occupy somebody/something/yourself with somebody/something She occupied herself with routine office tasks. occupy somebody/something/yourself doing something She occupied herself doing routine office tasks.
- 5occupy something to have an official job or position synonym hold The president occupies the position for four years. jobs that have traditionally been occupied by men
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NAmE//ˈɑkyəˌpaɪ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they occupy
he / she / it occupies
past simple occupied
-ing form occupying