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Meaning of “occupy” in the English Dictionary

"occupy" in British English

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occupyverb [T]

uk   /ˈɒk.jʊ.paɪ/  us   /ˈɑː.kjʊ-/
  • occupy verb [T] (FILL)

B2 to ​fill, ​exist in, or use a ​place or ​period of ​time: The ​rest of the ​time was occupied with writing a ​report. The ​house hasn't been occupied (= ​lived in) by anyone for a few ​months.formal A ​largepicture of the ​battle of Waterloo occupied the ​space above the ​fireplace.B2 to ​keep someone ​busy or ​interested: On ​longjourneys I occupy myself with ​solvingmathspuzzles.

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  • occupy verb [T] (TAKE CONTROL)

C1 (of an ​army or ​group of ​people) to ​move into and take ​control and/or ​possession of a ​place: Troops ​quickly occupied the ​city. Protesting ​students occupied the ​universityoffice for two ​weeks. the occupying ​forces
(Definition of occupy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"occupy" in American English

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occupyverb [T]

 us   /ˈɑk·jəˌpɑɪ/
  • occupy verb [T] (TAKE CONTROL)

(of an ​army or ​group of ​people) to move into and take ​control or ​possession of a ​place: Nationalist ​forces now occupy more than 70% of the ​country.
  • occupy verb [T] (FILL)

to ​fill, use, or ​exist in a ​place or a ​time: A ​largecouch occupies most of the ​space in the ​livingroom.
occupier
noun [C]  us   /ˈɑk·jəˌpɑɪ·ər/
We are ​demanding the occupier to ​leaveimmediately.
(Definition of occupy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"occupy" in Business English

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occupyverb [T]

uk   us   /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 ​increasingnumber of women occupy ​seniorpositions 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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