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English definition of “occupy”

occupy

verb [T]
 
 
/ˈɒkjəpaɪ/
to fill or use a place: The new plant will occupy a 185-acre site.
to fill a period of time: Since he retired, he has struggled to occupy his time.
to have a particular job: An increasing number of women occupy senior positions on Wall Street.
to take control of a place and refuse to leave it: Workers occupied the factory eight days ago.
(Definition of occupy from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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