Meaning of “occupy” in the English Dictionary

"occupy" in British English

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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 /ˈɒkjəpaɪ/ us

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)