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Synonyms for occupy
ˈɒk yəˌpaɪ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. busy, occupy(verb)

    keep busy with

    "She busies herself with her butterfly collection"

    Synonyms:
    take, invade, reside, engage, lodge in, concern, worry, use up, engross, busy, interest, fill, absorb

  2. occupy, reside, lodge in(verb)

    live (in a certain place)

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

    Synonyms:
    lodge in, invade, domicile, engross, shack, rest, repose, worry, absorb, engage, busy, concern, fill, reside, interest, take, domiciliate, use up

  3. occupy, fill(verb)

    occupy the whole of

    "The liquid fills the container"

    Synonyms:
    lodge in, invade, fulfill, satisfy, replete, engross, make full, fulfil, meet, worry, satiate, absorb, engage, busy, concern, fill up, fill, reside, interest, take, sate, use up

  4. concern, interest, occupy, worry(verb)

    be on the mind of

    "I worry about the second Germanic consonant shift"

    Synonyms:
    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

  5. invade, occupy(verb)

    march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation

    "Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939"

    Synonyms:
    lodge in, invade, encroach upon, engross, obtrude upon, intrude on, busy, worry, absorb, engage, reside, concern, overrun, fill, infest, interest, take, use up

  6. take, occupy, use up(verb)

    require (time or space)

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

    Synonyms:
    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

  7. absorb, engross, engage, occupy(verb)

    consume all of one's attention or time

    "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"

    Synonyms:
    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

  8. fill, take, occupy(verb)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    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

Wiktionary

  1. occupy(verb)

    To possess or use the time or capacity of; to engage the service of.

    Synonyms:
    busy, employ

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. occupy

    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.

    Synonyms:
    amuse, beguile, cheer, delight, disport, divert, enliven, entertain, gratify, interest, please, recreate

    Antonyms:
    annoy, bore, busy, disquiet, distract, disturb, tire, weary

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. occupy

    Synonyms:
    hold, possess, employ, fill, busy

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. occupy(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    possess (for the time), keep, hold, have possession of

  2. occupy(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    cover, fill, take up

  3. occupy(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    employ, busy, engage

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. occupy(v)

    Synonyms:
    hold, keep, possess, fill, engage, absorb, employ, busy, monopolize

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "occupy":

    occupies, hold, occupation, fill, occupying

How to pronounce occupy?

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How to say occupy in sign language?

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How to use occupy in a sentence?

  1. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Virtually, self-promotion is not an objectionable attempt when one's opponents occupy and block all corners of a neutral approach since it is the only way left to voice for justice and fairness.

  2. Rodrigo Duterte:

    We tried to be friends with everybody but we have to maintain our jurisdiction now, at least the areas under our control. And I have ordered the armed forces to occupy all these.

  3. Thomas Jennings:

    Among the leading matters which would occupy the attention of the meeting, were several important documents lately received from Europe, expressive of the sentiments that a very considerable portion of the people of the British Empire entertained respecting the deplorable situation of the colored people in the United States.

  4. Cicero:

    The eyes like sentinel occupy the highest place in the body.

  5. John Alexander Smith, Speech to Oxford University students, 1914:

    Gentlemen, you are now about to embark on a course of studies which will occupy you for two years. Together, they form a noble adventure. But I would like to remind you of an important point. Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you in after life, save only this, that if you work hard and intelligently you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot, and that, in my view, is the main, if not the sole, purpose of education.


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