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occupyverb [T]

uk   /ˈɒk.jə.paɪ/  us   /ˈɑː.kjə.paɪ/
  • 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 large picture of the battle of Waterloo occupied the space above the fireplace.
B2 to keep someone busy or interested: On long journeys I occupy myself with solving maths puzzles.

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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 university office 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 large couch occupies most of the space in the living room.
occupier
noun [C]  us   /ˈɑk·jəˌpɑɪ·ər/
We are demanding the occupier to leave immediately.
(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 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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