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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb occupy:


The word occupy and its family (occupancy, occupant, occupants, occupation,occupational, occupations, occupied, occupier, occupiers, occupies, occupying) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the verb occupy

What does occupy mean as a doing word?

Occupy is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: occupied

  1. keep busy with
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of occupy: busy
    • more generic word: work = exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity
    • more specific terms:
  2. live (in a certain place)
  3. occupy the whole of
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of occupy: fill
    • more generic word: be = occupy a certain position or area
    • more specific terms:
      • crowd = fill or occupy to the point of overflowing
      • take up = take up time or space
  4. be on the mind of
    • example: The bad news will occupy him
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of occupy: concern / interest / worry
  5. march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • synonym of occupy: invade
    • more generic words: assail / attack = launch an attack or assault on
    • more specific words: overrun / infest = invade in great numbers
  6. require (time or space)
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of occupy: take / use up
    • more generic words: expend / use = use up, consume fully
    • more specific word: be = spend or use time
  7. consume all of one's attention or time
    • example: They occupy themselves
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of occupy: absorb / engage / engross
    • more generic word: interest = excite the curiosity of
    • more specific words:
  8. assume, as of positions or roles
    • example: the young prince will soon occupy the throne
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of occupy: fill / take
    • more generic terms: do work / work = be employed

Alternative definition of the verb occupy


  1. [transitive]: To fill either time or space.
  2. [transitive]: To live or reside in.
  3. [transitive]: To fill or hold a position.
  4. [transitive]: To conquer somewhere.
  5. [transitive]: To hold the attention of.
  6. [transitive, obsolete] To cohabit, to have sexual intercourse with. (Reference: Sidney J. Baker, The Australian Language, second edition, 1966.)
  7. [transitive, surveying] To place the theodolite or total station at (a point).


Occupy is an Horse.


"Occupy" is a composition.


"Occupy" is a short study of the Occupy movement written by the American academic and political activist Noam Chomsky. Initially published in the United States by the Zuccotti Park Press as the first title in their Occupied Media Pamphlet Series in 2012, it was subsequently republished in the United Kingdom by Penguin Books later that year.

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Occupy is a canonical version, musical recording.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Occupy

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Google previewThe Social Movements Reader (2014)

Cases and Concepts by Jeff Goodwin, James M. Jasper

A beautiful thing about Occupy is that it said, 'We're not going to deal with “isms.” We don't know what those mean. We're interested in how we live and how we relate to one another.'” The notion that OWS would not deal with “isms” was not ...

Google previewUrban Design Futures (2006)

by Malcolm Moor, Jon Rowland

Moreover, wealth in the form of the housing that homeowners occupy is the cornerstone of net wealth for most American households. Half of ...

Google previewH. Richard Niebuhr (2009)

by Donald W. Shriver, Jr.

cannot understand without occupying a standpoint, and there is no greater barrier to understanding than the assumption that the stand- point which we happen to occupy is a universal one, while that of the object of our criticism is relative.1 ...

Google previewDictionary of the Language of the Micmac Indians (1888)

Who Reside in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton and Newfoundland by Silas Tertius Rand

To occupy a house covered in with birch bark, Maskwaegânaam ; Maskwâegânog- wômaam. A house made of rough stones, koondâ- weegân.

Google previewThe Judicial Dictionary, of Words and Phrases Judicially Interpreted (1903)

To which Has Been Added Statutory Definitions by Frederick Stroud

OCCUPY. — " To occupy " property is the co-relative verb of Occupation, which commonly denotes a physical possession; but " 'occupy' is a word which in one form and another is not infrequently used of an Incorpokkal Heredit " (per Williams, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Sexual Language and Imagery in Shakespearean and Stuart Literature (2001)

Three Volume Set Volume I A-F Volume II G-P Volume III Q-Z by Gordon Williams

occupy II.iv.144 is drawing attention not to a new sexual use but to its loss of euphemistic covering: 'these villains will make the word as odious as the word “ occupy”, which was an excellent good word before it was ill sorted'. But Common ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of United States Supreme Court Reports (1913)

Being a Complete Encyclopedia of All the Case Law of the Federal Supreme Court Up to and Including Volume 206 U.S. Supreme Court Reports (book 51 Lawyers' Edition)

Some of the peculiar provisions of constitutional enactments and statutes authorizing telephone companies to occupy streets or highways have received the interpretation of the supreme court." IV. Operation. A. Power of State to Regulate Price ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Pleading and Practice (1898)

Under the Codes and Practice Acts, at Common Law, in Equity and in Criminal Cases

As between the widow and the infant children there can be no partition of the homestead, unless otherwise provided by statute, so long as the widow continues to occupy it as such.2 As a general rule the homestead must remain intact until the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Media and Politics (2013)

by Kerric Harvey

Dustin Bradley Garlitz University of South Florida Aram Sinnreich Rutgers, The State University ofNew Jersey See Also: Activists and Activism, Digital; Facebook; Myspace; Occupy Movement; Rock the Vote; Twitter; YouTube. Further Readings ...

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Small photo of PHILADELPHIA, PA OCTOBER 6, 2011 Occupy Wall Street protester holding sign protesting corporate greed.Small photo of PHILADELPHIA, PA OCTOBER 6, 2011 Occupy Wall Street protester holding sign with Martin Luther King Jr's image proclaiming the right for all to have a job.Small photo of Cats occupy the benchSmall photo of PHILADELPHIA, PA OCTOBER 6, 2011 Two female Occupy Wall Street protesters holding sign protesting corporate greed.Small photo of Close up of restaurant reserved table sign on table. Inscription denotes booked table in cafeteria. Don`t occupy this place! Table setting. Cafe desk for special occasion More...

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Quotes about Occupy

Easy is to occupy a place in a telephone book. Difficult is to occupy someone's heart; know that you're really loved. (Carlos Drummond de Andrade)
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Scrabble value of O1C3C3U1P3Y4

The value of this 6-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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