Adjective "occupy" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Reside or have one's place of business in (a building)
  1. 'This is one of the key areas for inward investment to improve the quality of both premises and the businesses that occupy them.'
  2. 'During the study individual cells were occupied on average for 2.27 1.28 years.'
  3. 'Travellers occupying a controversial site next to a Southampton playing field are about to be booted off.'
  4. 'Many catering businesses occupy old buildings and ventilation systems are often adapted to fit around the structure.'
  5. 'The refurbishment took place under difficult circumstances, with the tenants still occupying the building, Masilela adds.'
  6. 'The ground floor of the building is presently occupied by both a taxi and a bookmaking business.'
  7. 'Fewer than half the shops were occupied by the same businesses that they had housed 10 years ago.'
  8. 'As a result, undesirable tenants occupied the buildings and disturbed the peace through illegal activities.'
  9. 'Two of the flats above the store were occupied by local tenants, however neither were home at the time.'
  10. 'Many workers already occupy the place I will be calling home for the next three months.'
  11. 'According to one rabbinic text, a scholar suggests that David will occupy a throne next to God.'
  12. 'The bed which Peter now occupied once belonged to another girl.'
  13. 'Water vapor takes up space otherwise occupied by oxygen molecules.'
  14. 'Spain occupies about 85 percent of the Iberian peninsula, with Portugal on its western border.'
  15. 'Then he placed her down on the chair she had occupied earlier.'
  16. 'The purpose is to fill the space occupied by the standard recoil spring guide and also provide a bit of a cushion for the slide.'
  17. 'Fluid fills the space normally occupied by air in the middle ear.'
  18. 'Owner Larry Hyatt estimates ammunition occupies about 15 percent of the shop's space.'
  19. 'The machine occupied a whole room, filling it with a tangle of piano wires and pulleys to move its various wheels and gears.'
  20. 'Every parking space was occupied and the line of voters extended from the gymnasium out into the lobby.'
  21. 'the Bank of England occupies a central position in the UK financial system'
  22. 'In today's China, public education occupies the dominant position with non-governmental education sprouting up only in the past 10 years.'
  23. 'The right to property was central to our founding; it occupied a vital place in the system of free government the founders built.'
  24. 'According to sociologists, people strive to occupy central positions in social networks in order to advance their careers.'
  25. 'Throughout his career, Kennedy has worked to de-mystify painting, as well as the hierarchical system it occupies.'
  26. 'For example, individuals who have been with the company longer may be more likely to occupy central positions in social networks.'
  27. 'Spike slips down within the masculine hierarchy to occupy a significantly marginalized position.'
  28. 'The PRC will undoubtedly be an important influence on an international system in which it occupies a rather anomalous position.'
  29. 'Most firms are small, but are linked into networks in which a few large corporations (systems houses) occupy key positions.'
  30. 'The majority of Mexicans occupied a liminal position within the racial hierarchy of the southwestern states.'
  31. 'The Queensland Orchestra occupies a central place in Queensland's cultural life.'
  32. 'a very different job from any that he had occupied before'
  33. 'Toward the end of the Middle Ages, a new type of individual began to occupy the position of shadchan - the paid professional.'
  34. 'All the top jobs were occupied by whites before independence.'
  35. 'If the professor has come out, he or she may unwillingly occupy a position of dual authority in the eyes of students.'
  36. 'A standard course for those currently occupying a supervisory position is also being developed.'
  37. 'One-third of the 57 respondents occupy the position of CEO or president and the rest are vice-presidents or managers.'
  38. 'With Adorno's support, he returned to Frankfurt in 1964 as a professor of philosophy and sociology, occupying the position that Horkheimer had held.'
  39. 'He moved up the hierarchy and, in 1920, occupied the position of press secretary.'
  40. 'There is a Manning Clark Professor at ANU who, as I understand it, simply occupies Manning's old job.'
  41. 'With Merkel now occupying the chancellery, the circle is complete.'
  42. 'I wouldn't want to be president, or occupy any other high-ranking position.'
Fill or preoccupy (the mind)
  1. 'Squash had occupied her mind and as she grew up her only concern was to keep improving.'
  2. 'Cecil was too occupied to notice the last part, and so didn't ask any questions.'
  3. 'Dysfunctional families seem to be occupying the minds of Scotland's visiting choreographers.'
  4. 'These are the kind of pointless questions that occupy the mind when you have nothing better to do.'
  5. 'They walked without conversation for awhile, each one occupied with thoughts of their own.'
  6. 'His mind had been too occupied to notice the raging tempest that was taking place up deck.'
  7. 'But what's occupying my mind right now is the following question: do compact discs get slower as they get older?'
  8. 'He had been too occupied earlier to give it a thought until now.'
  9. 'That question was to occupy my mind for some years, before I could finally come up with something.'
  10. 'The survey of the top brands occupying consumers' minds was first conducted 20 years ago.'
  11. 'Sarah occupied herself taking the coffee cups over to the sink'
  12. 'McAllister has more than enough to occupy him at club level.'
  13. 'So, I've got books to occupy me for the next little while.'
  14. 'But I have plenty of things to do that can pleasantly occupy me.'
  15. 'The one-month programme recognises the fact that school children need to be gainfully occupied during summer holidays, he adds.'
  16. 'For the next few hours, the remaining soldiers were occupied by burying those of their group that had been killed by the rogues.'
  17. 'He grinned silently; she was pretty occupied at the moment.'
  18. 'Wenger has other problems to occupy him ahead of today's Highbury meeting with Southampton.'
  19. 'At least finding this Daniel Mason person would occupy him for a while when he got back.'
  20. 'I thought this was strange, but I was occupied at the time with trying to finalize my divorce.'
Take control of (a place, especially a country) by military conquest or settlement.
  1. 'Historically, when military forces occupied belligerent territory, little how-to guidance existed.'
  2. 'On September 17, Soviet troops invaded and then occupied eastern Poland under the terms of this agreement.'
  3. 'In 1920, army troops from what was then the Soviet Union invaded and occupied the capital city, Baku.'
  4. 'There is no talk of Pearl Harbor, or of fascist, military dictators, or occupied nations, or a fight for democracy.'
  5. 'In the countries occupied by the Red Army at that time, vicious purges took place against religious leaders of all faiths.'
  6. 'Washington sent Marines into Haiti in 1915 and militarily occupied the country for nearly 20 years.'
  7. 'Most of the population occupied what would become the republic of Tajikistan in the former Soviet Union.'
  8. 'We know they have occupied their neighbor Kuwait, and we have thrown them out.'
  9. 'In Poland it is looking into the use of several facilities once occupied by Soviet forces.'
  10. 'Then in 1882, following a failed attempt by the Egyptian army to end foreign interference, British troops occupied the country.'
  11. 'the workers occupied the factory'
  12. 'The workers occupied the factory and after three years are still hoping to be able to buy the factory and get it back into production.'
  13. 'The workers occupied the factory after a protest stoppage on January 26 in support of a 300 rupees pay increase owing to them since last year.'
  14. 'As part of their protest, workers occupied the factory roof.'
  15. 'Workers have occupied this sprawling factory since the local government sold it to a private enterprise, three years ago.'
  16. 'The workers subsequently occupied the factory and restarted production, this time operating as owners of a cooperative.'
  17. 'In January 2002, hundreds of workers and supporters occupied the utility headquarters for 36 days.'
  18. 'There are about 400 illegal immigrant farm workers occupying buildings in Seville, Spain, demanding the right to stay in the country.'
  19. 'At the beginning of May, the trade unions had been dissolved; trade union offices were forcibly occupied and leading officials arrested.'
  20. 'When workers occupied the banks in protest against closures in January, the unions ordered them to be handed over to the receivers.'
  21. 'Protesters threatened to occupy the council building if legislators and the shoe company continue to ignore their demands.'

More definitions

1. to take or fill up (space, time, etc.): I occupied my evenings reading novels.

2. to engage or employ the mind, energy, or attention of: Occupy the children with a game while I prepare dinner.

3. to be a resident or tenant of; dwell in: We occupied the same house for 20 years.

4. to hold (a position, office, etc.).

5. to take possession and control of (a place), as by military invasion.

6. (usually initial capital letter) to partici

More examples(as adjective)

"takes can be occupy for years."

"schools can be occupy with videos."

"schools can be occupy with laboratories."

"schools can be occupy with computers."

"schools can be occupy with classrooms."

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Middle English: formed irregularly from Old French occuper, from Latin occupare ‘seize’. A now obsolete vulgar sense ‘have sexual relations with’ seems to have led to the general avoidance of the word in the 17th and most of the 18th century.