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"occupied" in British English

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occupiedadjective

uk   /ˈɒk.jə.paɪd/  us   /ˈɑː.kjə.paɪd/
An occupied ​place is being ​controlled by an ​army or ​group of ​people that has ​moved into it: occupied ​territory She ​spent two ​years in occupied Paris (= Paris when it was under ​foreigncontrol) during the ​war.
being used by someone; with someone in it: The ​bathroom at the back of the ​plane was occupied, so I ​waited.
busy or ​interested: At that ​time I was fully occupied takingcare of my ​elderlymother. All the new ​toys kept the ​kids occupied for ​hours.
(Definition of occupied from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"occupied" in American English

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occupiedadjective

 us   /ˈɑk·jəˌpɑɪd/
  • occupied adjective (FILLED)

full, in use, or ​busy: Every ​room in the ​hotel is occupied. Organized ​sports can ​keepteenagers occupied.
  • occupied adjective (TAKEN CONTROL OF)

[not gradable] (of a ​country, ​city, or other ​place) ​filled with or ​run by ​people, esp. an ​army, who have moved in and taken ​control or ​possession: occupied ​territories
(Definition of occupied from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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