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OCCUPY (occupied)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does occupy mean? 

OCCUPY (verb)
  The verb OCCUPY has 8 senses:

1. be present in; be inside of
2. keep busy with
3. live (in a certain place)
4. occupy the whole of
5. be on the mind of
6. require (time or space)
7. march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation
8. engage or engross wholly

  Familiarity information: OCCUPY used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


OCCUPY (verb)


Sense 1occupy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be present in; be inside of

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

occupy; inhabit

Hypernyms (to "occupy" is one way to...):

be (occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "occupy"):

tenant (occupy as a tenant)

infest (live on or in a host, as of parasites)

infest; invade; overrun (occupy in large numbers or live on a host)

nest (inhabit a nest, usually after building)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2occupy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Keep busy with

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

busy; occupy

Context example:

She busies herself with her butterfly collection

Hypernyms (to "occupy" is one way to...):

work (exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "occupy"):

potter; putter (work lightly)

dabble; play around; smatter (work with in an amateurish manner)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody PP


Sense 3occupy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Live (in a certain place)

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

lodge in; reside; occupy

Hypernyms (to "occupy" is one way to...):

dwell; inhabit; live (inhabit or live in)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "occupy"):

crash (occupy, usually uninvited)

squat (occupy (a dwelling) illegally)

stay at (reside temporarily)

move in (occupy a place)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4occupy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Occupy the whole of

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

fill; occupy

Context example:

The liquid fills the container

Hypernyms (to "occupy" is one way to...):

be (occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "occupy"):

crowd (fill or occupy to the point of overflowing)

take up (take up time or space)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 5occupy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be on the mind of

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

concern; interest; worry; occupy

Context example:

I worry about the second Germanic consonant

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The bad news will occupy him


Sense 6occupy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Require (time or space)

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

take; use up; occupy

Context examples:

It took three hours to get to work this morning / This event occupied a very short time

Hypernyms (to "occupy" is one way to...):

expend; use (use up, consume fully)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "occupy"):

be (spend or use time)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 7occupy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

March aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

invade; occupy

Context example:

Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939

Hypernyms (to "occupy" is one way to...):

assail; attack (launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "occupy"):

infest; overrun (invade in great numbers)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 8occupy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Engage or engross wholly

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

engage; engross; occupy; absorb

Context example:

Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely

Hypernyms (to "occupy" is one way to...):

interest (excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "occupy"):

involve (occupy or engage the interest of)

consume (engage fully)

rivet (hold (someone's attention))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They occupy themselves


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