Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An activity that serves as one's regular source of livelihood; a vocation.
  • n. An activity engaged in especially as a means of passing time; an avocation.
  • n. The act or process of holding or possessing a place.
  • n. The state of being held or possessed.
  • n. Invasion, conquest, and control of a nation or territory by foreign armed forces.
  • n. The military government exercising control over an occupied nation or territory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An activity or task with which one occupies oneself; usually specifically the productive activity, service, trade, or craft for which one is regularly paid; a job.
  • n. The act, process or state of possessing a place.
  • n. The control of a country or region by a hostile army.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of occupying or taking possession; actual possession and control; the state of being occupied; a holding or keeping; tenure; use.
  • n. That which occupies or engages the time and attention.
  • n. The principal business of one's life; the principal work by which one earns one's livelihood; vocation; employment; profession; calling; trade; avocation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of occupying or taking possession; a holding or keeping; possession; tenure.
  • n. The state of being occupied or employed in any way; employment; use: as, occupation with important affairs.
  • n. That to which one's time and attention are habitually devoted; habitual or stated employment; vocation; calling; trade; business.
  • n. Use; benefit; profit.
  • n. Consumption; waste.
  • n. Synonyms Occupation, Calling, Vocation, Employment, Pursuit, Business, Trade, Craft, Profession, Office. In regard to what a person does as a regular work or a means of earning a livelihood, occupation is that which occupies or takes up his time, strength, and thought; calling and vocation are high words, indicating that one is called by Providence to a particular line of work; calling is Anglo-Saxon and familiar, and vocation is Latin and lofty (the words are not always used in the higher sense of divine appointment or the call of duty, but it is much better to save them for the expression of that idea); employment is essentially the same as occupation; pursuit is the line of work which one pursues or follows; business suggests something of the management of buying and selling; trade and profession stand over against each other for the less and more intellectual pursuits, as the trade of a carpenter, the profession of an architect; trade is different from a trade, the latter being skill in some handicraft: as, being obliged to learn a trade, he chose that of a blacksmith; the “learned professions” used to be law, medicine, and the ministry, but the number is now increased; craft is an old word for a trade; office suggests the idea of duties to be performed for others. See avocation, 5.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of occupying or taking possession of a building
  • n. the control of a country by military forces of a foreign power
  • n. the period of time during which a place or position or nation is occupied
  • n. the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
  • n. any activity that occupies a person's attention

Etymologies

Middle English occupacioun, from Old French occupacion, from Latin occupātiō, occupātiōn-, from occupātus, past participle of occupāre, to occupy; see occupy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English occupacioun, from Middle French occupation, from Latin occupatio. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This war and occupation was founded on Bush's lies and these lies have infected everythingabout thisillegal warand occupation~ from the quasi Iraqi American-controlled government to the purposely misleading body and wounded count and why, you ask?

    BRING THEM HOME NOW / NOT LATER IN BODY TUBES

  • He has his money to take care of; a pleasant occupation, you may think; but, after all, an _occupation_, with all the strain and anxiety of labor, making more hard work for him, day and night, perhaps, than his neighbor has who digs ditches or thumps a lapstone.

    Humanity in the City

  • But we have taken genuine steps to devolve power and authority to the interim government, and if that continues I think we'll hear the term occupation less and less.

    The Iraqi Handover

  • KELLY WALLACE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Israelis are still trying to understand if Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's use of the term occupation in public for the first very time indicates a 180 - degree change in his political outlook.

    CNN Transcript May 27, 2003

  • The Legislature shall have power to lay an income tax, and to tax all persons pursuing any occupation, trade or profession: Provided, that the term occupation, shall not be construed to apply to pursuits either agricultural or mechanical.

    The constitution of the state of Texas : as amended in 1861 : the Constitution of the Confederate States of America : the ordinances of the Texas convention: and an address to the people of Texas,

  • A graduate of Jewish private schools, she lived in Tel Aviv as an exchange student during high school, but never heard the word occupation spoken in relation to Israel until she got to college.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • The term occupation is part of the transparent accusation that this article really is.

    Propeller Most Popular Stories

  • Here a number of articles that deal with the misuse of the term occupation, which, by itself, is a legal concept not a violation of international law and its selective application to Israel.

    Baltiblogs

  • A critical mass of descriptions of Israels facts on the ground, combined with the witness of international activists on the ground and a growing body of analyses critical of Israels policies and intent, rendered both the term occupation and critiques of it valid in public and political discourse, despite the fact that Israel continued to deny the fact of occupation, casting its rule as one of administration over a disputed territory.

    Darwiniana

  • Netanyahu fundamentally differs from his predecessors, Ehud Olmert, Ariel Sharon and Ehud Barak, who used the word "occupation" to describe Israel's continued hold on the West Bank.

    Alon Ben-Meir: The Settlers' Movement Is a Threat to Peace and Israel's Existence

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