Oc·cu·py v. t. [imp. & p. p. Occupied p. pr. & vb. n. Occupying ]
1. To take or hold possession of; to hold or keep for use; to possess.
Woe occupieth the fine [end] of our gladness. --Chaucer.
The better apartments were already occupied. --W. Irving.
2. To hold, or fill, the dimensions of; to take up the room or space of; to cover or fill; as, the camp occupies five acres of ground.
3. To possess or use the time or capacity of; to engage the service of; to employ; to busy.
An archbishop may have cause to occupy more chaplains than six. --Eng. Statute (Hen. VIII. )
They occupied themselves about the Sabbath. --2 Macc. viii. 27.
4. To do business in; to busy one's self with. [Obs.]
All the ships of the sea, with their mariners, were in thee to occupy the merchandise. --Ezek. xxvii. 9.
Not able to occupy their old crafts. --Robynson (More's Utopia).
5. To use; to expend; to make use of. [Obs.]
All the gold that was occupied for the work. --Ex. xxxviii. 24.
They occupy not money themselves. --Robynson (More's Utopia).
6. To have sexual intercourse with. [Obs.]