from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To fill up (time or space): a lecture that occupied three hours.
- transitive v. To dwell or reside in.
- transitive v. To hold or fill (an office or position).
- transitive v. To seize possession of and maintain control over by or as if by conquest.
- transitive v. To engage or employ the attention or concentration of: occupied the children with coloring books.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To fill (time).
- v. To fill (space).
- v. To live or reside in.
- v. To have, or to have taken, possession or control of (a territory).
- v. To fill or hold (an official position or role).
- v. To possess or use the time or capacity of; to engage the service of.
- v. To hold the attention of.
- v. To place the theodolite or total station at (a point).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To hold possession; to be an occupant.
- intransitive v. To follow business; to traffic.
- transitive v. To take or hold possession of; to hold or keep for use; to possess.
- transitive v. To hold, or fill, the dimensions of; to take up the room or space of; to cover or fill.
- transitive v. To possess or use the time or capacity of; to engage the service of; to employ; to busy.
- transitive v. To do business in; to busy one's self with.
- transitive v. To use; to expend; to make use of.
- transitive v. To have sexual intercourse with.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To take possession of and retain or keep; enter upon the possession and use of; hold and use; especially, to take possession of (a place as a place of residence, or in warfare a town or country) and become established in it.
- To take up, as room or space, or attention, interest, etc.; cover or fill; engross: as, to occupy too much space; to occupy the time with reading; to occupy the attention.
- To hold, as an office; fill.
- To take up and follow as a business or employment; be employed about; ply.
- To employ; give occupation to; engage; busy: often used reflexively: as, to occupy one's self about something.
- To use; make use of.
- To possess; enjoy (with an obscene double meaning).
- Synonyms 1-3. Hold, Own, etc. See possess.
- To be in possession or occupation; hold possession; be an occupant; have possession and use.
- To trade; traffic; carry on business.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. require (time or space)
- v. consume all of one's attention or time
- v. live (in a certain place)
- v. occupy the whole of
- v. be on the mind of
- v. march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation
- v. keep busy with
- v. assume, as of positions or roles
The word occupy also connotes presence, however, which is the precursor to love.
Just the word occupy insinuates to take over without consent.
The word "occupy" is a bit like the word "cleave," which, as Alan Watts was fond of pointing out, has two meanings, one of which is the precise opposite of the other.
Like the word "cleave," there are two meanings involved in the word "occupy," one of which is the exact opposite of the other.
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It is impossible to search for a combination of the word "occupy" and the name of a Chinese city, for example, "Occupy Beijing" (占领北京) or "Occupy Shanghai"(占领上海...), because the authorities clearly fear the spread of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement.
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