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English definition of “occupy”

occupy

verb [T] (FILL)    /ˈɒk.jʊ.paɪ/ US  /ˈɑː.kjʊ-/
B2 to fill, exist in, or use a place or period of time: The bathroom's occupied - I think John's in there. 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.Filling and completing B2 to keep someone busy or interested: On long car journeys I occupy myself with solving maths puzzles. All the new toys kept the kids occupied for hours.Making people excited and interestedInspiration and inspiring
(Definition of occupy verb (FILL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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