Definition of occupation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɒkjuˈpeɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɑːkjuˈpeɪʃn//
    Buying a home, Conflict
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  1. 1[countable] a job or profession Please state your name, age and occupation below. Synonymsworkemployment career profession occupation tradeThese are all words for the work that somebody does in return for payment, especially over a long period of time. work the job that somebody does, especially in order to earn money:It’s very difficult to find work at the moment.employment (rather formal) work, especially when it is done to earn money; the state of being employed or the situation in which people have work:Only half the people here are in paid employment.career the job or series of jobs that somebody has in a particular area of work, usually involving more responsibility as time passes:He had a very distinguished career in the Foreign Office.profession a type of job that needs special training or skill, especially one that needs a high level of education:He hopes to enter the medical profession. The profession is all the people who work in a particular profession:the legal profession. The professions are the traditional jobs that need a high level of education and training, such as being a doctor or lawyer.occupation (rather formal) a job or profession:Please state your name, age, and occupation.trade a job, especially one that involves working with your hands and requires special training and skills:Carpentry is a highly skilled trade.Patterns in/​out of work/​employment (a) full-time/​part-time work/​employment/​career/​occupation permanent/​temporary work/​employment (a) well-paid work/​employment/​profession/​occupation (a) low-paid work/​employment/​occupation to look for/​seek/​find work/​employment/​a career/​an occupation to get/​obtain/​give somebody/​offer somebody/​create/​generate/​provide work/​employment
  2. 2[countable] the way in which you spend your time, especially when you are not working Her main occupation seems to be shopping.
  3. 3[uncountable] the act of moving into a country, town, etc. and taking control of it using military force; the period of time during which a country, town, etc. is controlled in this way the Roman occupation of Britain The zones under occupation contained major industrial areas. occupation forces See related entries: Conflict
  4. 4[uncountable] (formal) the act of living in or using a building, room, piece of land, etc. The offices will be ready for occupation in June. The following applies only to tenants in occupation after January 1 2010. The level of owner occupation (= people owning their homes) has increased rapidly in the last 30 years. See related entries: Buying a home
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin occupatio(n-), from the verb occupare ‘seize’. Sense (3) dates from the mid 16th cent.Extra examples During the occupation, the church was used as a mosque. He gave up his occupation as a farmer and became a teacher. He intends to remain in occupation of the building for as long as possible. He left the army in 1999 and chose a civilian occupation. Her occupation is listed as ‘homemaker’. Large parts of Britain were under Roman occupation. The college provides training in a wide range of occupations. The flats will be ready for occupation by March. The houses were judged to be unfit for human occupation. The invaders have ended their occupation of large parts of the territories. The people interviewed followed a variety of occupations You can only take up occupation once the tenancy has been signed. illegal occupation of the building service occupations such as cleaning and catering the conversion of big old buildings to multiple occupation the right to peaceful occupation of the property Farming can be a pretty dangerous occupation. Is your occupation full-time or part-time? It is the duty of the occupation force to maintain civil order. It’s harder to lose weight when you have a sedentary occupation. Please state your name, age, and occupation. The military occupation has created anger and resentment. There are a range of occupations to choose from. Why is nursing still seen as a female occupation?
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