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.]
Oc·cu·py, v. i.
1. To hold possession; to be an occupant. “Occupy till I come.”
2. To follow business; to traffic.
v 1: be present in; be inside of [syn: inhabit]
2: keep busy with; "She busies herself with her butterfly
collection" [syn: busy]
3: live (in a certain place) [syn: reside, lodge in]
4: occupy the whole of; "The liquid fills the container" [syn:
5: be on the mind of; "I worry about the second Germanic
consonant" [syn: concern, interest, worry]
6: as of time or space; "It took three hours to get to work
this morning"; "This event occupied a very short time"
[syn: take, use up]
7: march aggressively into another's territory by military
force for the purposes of conquest and occupation; "Hitler
invaded Poland on September 1, 1939" [syn: invade]
8: engage or engross wholly; "Her interest in butterflies
absorbs her completely" [syn: absorb, engross, engage]