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Definition 1: consume all of one's attention or time - [verb of cognition]

Samples where occupy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely

Synonyms for occupy in the sense of this definition

(occupy is a kind of ...) excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of

(... is a kind of occupy ) occupy or engage the interest of

"His story completely involved me during the entire afternoon"

(... is a kind of occupy ) engage fully

"The effort to pass the exam consumed all his energy"

(... is a kind of occupy ) hold (someone's attention)

"The discovery of the skull riveted the paleontologists"

Definition 2: march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation - [verb of competition]

Samples where occupy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939

Synonyms for occupy in the sense of this definition

(occupy is a kind of ...) launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with

"Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II" "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week"

(... is a kind of occupy ) invade in great numbers

"the roaches infested our kitchen"

Definition 3: require (time or space) - [verb of possession]

Samples where occupy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for occupy in the sense of this definition

(occupy is a kind of ...) use up, consume fully

"The legislature expended its time on school questions"

(... is a kind of occupy ) spend or use time

"I may be an hour"

(occupy has a similar meaning as ...) use up (resources or materials)

"this car consumes a lot of gas" "We exhausted our savings" "They run through 20 bottles of wine a week"

Samples where occupy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She busies herself with her butterfly collection

Synonyms for occupy in the sense of this definition

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

"I will work hard to improve my grades" "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor"

(... is a kind of occupy ) work lightly

"The old lady is pottering around in the garden"

(... is a kind of occupy ) work with in an amateurish manner

"She dabbles in astronomy" "He plays around with investments but he never makes any money"

Samples where occupy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She took the job as director of development
  • he occupies the position of manager
  • the young prince will soon occupy the throne

Synonyms for occupy in the sense of this definition

(occupy is a kind of ...) be employed

"Is your husband working again?" "My wife never worked" "Do you want to work after the age of 60?" "She never did any work because she inherited a lot of money" "She works as a waitress to put herself through college"

(occupy has a similar meaning as ...) occupy or take on

"He assumes the lotus position" "She took her seat on the stage" "We took our seats in the orchestra" "She took up her position behind the tree" "strike a pose"

Definition 6: live (in a certain place) - [verb of stative]

Samples where occupy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She resides in Princeton
  • he occupies two rooms on the top floor

Synonyms for occupy in the sense of this definition

(occupy is a kind of ...) be an inhabitant of or reside in

"People lived in Africa millions of years ago" "The people inhabited the islands that are now deserted" "this kind of fish dwells near the bottom of the ocean" "deer are populating the woods"

(... is a kind of occupy ) occupy a place

"The crowds are moving in"

(... is a kind of occupy ) reside temporarily

"I'm staying at the Hilton"

(... is a kind of occupy ) occupy (a dwelling) illegally

(... is a kind of occupy ) occupy, usually uninvited

"My son's friends crashed our house last weekend"

Definition 7: occupy the whole of - [verb of stative]

Samples where occupy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The liquid fills the container

Synonyms for occupy in the sense of this definition

(occupy is a kind of ...) occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

"Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back" "What is behind this behavior?"

(... is a kind of occupy ) fill or occupy to the point of overflowing

"The students crowded the auditorium"

(... is a kind of occupy ) take up time or space

"take up the slack"

Definition 8: be on the mind of - [verb of stative]

Samples where occupy or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I worry about the second Germanic consonant shift

Synonyms for occupy in the sense of this definition

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