1. The act or process of occupying or taking possession; actual possession and control; the state of being occupied; a holding or keeping; tenure; use; as, the occupation of lands by a tenant.
2. That which occupies or engages the time and attention.
3. Specfically: The principal business of one's life; the principal work by which one earns one's livelihood; vocation; employment; profession; calling; trade; avocation; as, these days many people continue to practice their occupation well into their seventies.
Absence of occupation is not rest. --Cowper.
Occupation bridge Engin., a bridge connecting the parts of an estate separated by a railroad, a canal, or an ordinary road.
Syn: -- Occupancy; possession; tenure; use; employment; avocation; engagement; vocation; calling; office; trade; profession.
n 1: the principal activity in your life that you do to earn
money; "he's not in my line of business" [syn: business,
job, line of work, line]
2: the control of a country by military forces of a foreign
power [syn: military control]
3: any activity that occupies a person's attention; "he missed
the bell in his occupation with the computer game"
4: the act of occupying or taking possession of a building;
"occupation of a building without a certificate of
occupancy is illegal" [syn: occupancy, taking
possession, moving in]
5: the period of time during which a place or position or
nation is occupied; "during the German occupation of