English Synonyms and Antonyms
To entertain, in the sense here considered, is to engage and pleasantly occupy the attention; to amuse is to occupy the attention in an especially bright and cheerful way, often with that which excites merriment or laughter; as, he entertained us with an amusing story. To divert is to turn from serious thoughts or laborious pursuits to something that lightly and agreeably occupies the mind; one may be entertained or amused who has nothing serious or laborious from which to be diverted. To recreate, literally to re-create, is to engage mind or body in some pleasing activity that restores strength and energy for serious work. To beguile is, as it were, to cheat into cheer and comfort by something that insensibly draws thought or feeling away from pain or disquiet. We beguile a weary hour, cheer the despondent, divert the preoccupied, enliven a dull evening or company, gratify our friends' wishes, entertain, interest, please a listening audience, occupy idle time, disport ourselves when merry, recreate when worn with toil; we amuse ourselves or others with whatever pleasantly passes the time without special exertion, each according to his taste.
keep busy with
"She busies herself with her butterfly collection"
occupy, reside, lodge inverb
live (in a certain place)
"She resides in Princeton"; "he occupies two rooms on the top floor"
occupy the whole of
"The liquid fills the container"
concern, interest, occupy, worryverb
be on the mind of
"I worry about the second Germanic consonant shift"
lodge in, invade, touch, engross, care, use up, matter to, have-to doe with, worry, touch on, absorb, engage, busy, fill, come to, relate, refer, reside, interest, take, pertain, bear on, vex, concern
march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation
"Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939"
take, occupy, use upverb
require (time or space)
"It took three hours to get to work this morning"; "This event occupied a very short time"
require, invade, subscribe to, withdraw, make, lead, ingest, take on, carry, deal, assume, have, busy, hold, choose, study, learn, fill, absorb, necessitate, consume, drive, hire, wipe out, consider, need, rent, run through, pick out, contract, adopt, film, remove, demand, exhaust, lease, take aim, deplete, take up, train, strike, use up, select, take, engage, concern, eat up, claim, read, get, worry, get hold of, exact, take away, pack, engross, call for, take in, bring, submit, convey, interest, shoot, aim, direct, charter, eat, contain, lodge in, subscribe, reside, involve, acquire, look at, postulate, accept, guide, admit, ask, conduct
absorb, engross, engage, occupyverb
consume all of one's attention or time
"Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
take in, suck up, affiance, enlist, plight, engross, use up, prosecute, lock, hire, soak up, take, worry, suck, employ, lodge in, fill, take over, invade, steep, concern, pursue, betroth, busy, sop up, lease, charter, imbibe, plunge, mesh, wage, reside, rent, interest, draw, assimilate, absorb, ingest, immerse, engulf, take up, operate, engage
fill, take, occupyverb
assume, as of positions or roles
"She took the job as director of development"; "he occupies the position of manager"; "the young prince will soon occupy the throne"
require, read, subscribe to, withdraw, lead, ingest, take on, carry, deal, assume, have, busy, hold, choose, fulfill, study, learn, fill, absorb, necessitate, consume, drive, fill up, consider, need, rent, pick out, sate, contract, adopt, film, remove, demand, lease, take aim, invade, meet, take up, train, strike, use up, select, take, engage, concern, make, claim, satisfy, get, worry, get hold of, exact, take away, pack, engross, call for, take in, bring, submit, convey, interest, fulfil, shoot, aim, direct, charter, make full, contain, replete, lodge in, subscribe, reside, satiate, involve, acquire, look at, postulate, hire, accept, guide, admit, ask, conduct
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How to use occupy in a sentence?
Love, with very young people, is a heartless business. We drink at that age from thirst, or to get drunk it is only later in life that we occupy ourselves with the individuality of our wine.
He who lets WWW i.e Women, Wine, Wealth to occupy his mind-space loses own common sense. We can find such man's reference in the history in abundance.
Memories are good, bad and ugly & they occupy all the space in your mind, leaving very little for present moment awareness. Life flows towards you constantly and total memory occupation makes you miss the present moment celebration. Clean the slate & reboot your mind, don't memorize, be available to life every single moment and MickeyMize.
Science and art is a toy store. Created in order to occupy a person with something.
None of these companies are profitable; the niches they occupy are too small, i'm convinced there will be consolidation and when we see something of interest, we will willingly acquire it.
Translations for occupy
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- акупава́ць, заня́ць, займа́цьBelarusian
- besetzen, in Anspruch nehmen, okkupieren, bewohnenGerman
- vallata, varata, miehittääFinnish
- habiter, occuperFrench
- okipeHaitian Creole
- teneo, possideoLatin
- whakakapi, whetaMāori
- оккупи́ровать, заня́ть, завладе́ть, завладева́ть, занима́тьRussian
- ta upp, bo, annektera, bebo, uppta, ockupera, innehaSwedish
- зайня́ти, займа́ти, окупува́тиUkrainian
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