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 Dictionary entry overview: What does occupied mean? 

OCCUPIED (adjective)
  The adjective OCCUPIED has 4 senses:

1. held or filled or in use
2. seized and controlled as by military invasion
3. resided in; having tenants
4. having ones attention or mind or energy engaged

  Familiarity information: OCCUPIED used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

OCCUPIED (adjective)

Sense 1occupied [BACK TO TOP]


Held or filled or in use

Context examples:

she keeps her time well occupied / the wc is occupied


busy; engaged; in use ((of facilities such as telephones or lavatories) unavailable for use by anyone else or indicating unavailability; ('engaged' is a British term for a busy telephone line))

filled ((of time) taken up)


unoccupied (not held or filled or in use)

Sense 2occupied [BACK TO TOP]


Seized and controlled as by military invasion

Context example:

the occupied countries of Europe


unoccupied (not seized and controlled)

Sense 3occupied [BACK TO TOP]


Resided in; having tenants


tenanted; occupied

Context example:

not all the occupied (or tenanted) apartments were well kept up


inhabited (having inhabitants; lived in)

Sense 4occupied [BACK TO TOP]


Having ones attention or mind or energy engaged


engaged; occupied

Context examples:

she keeps herself fully occupied with volunteer activities / deeply engaged in conversation


busy (actively or fully engaged or occupied)

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