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English verb: occupy

1. occupy (social) keep busy with


SamplesShe busies herself with her butterfly collection.


Synonymsbusy


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP


Broader (hypernym)work


Narrower (hyponym)dabble, play around, potter, putter, smatter

2. occupy (stative) live (in a certain place)


SamplesShe resides in Princeton.
He occupies two rooms on the top floor.


Synonymslodge in, reside


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)dwell, inhabit, live, populate


Narrower (hyponym)crash, move in, squat, stay at

3. occupy (stative) occupy the whole of


SamplesThe liquid fills the container.


Synonymsfill


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)be


Narrower (hyponym)crowd, take up

4. occupy (stative) be on the mind of


SamplesI worry about the second Germanic consonant shift.


ExamplesThe bad news will occupy him


Synonymsconcern, interest, worry


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

5. occupy (competition) march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation


SamplesHitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939.


Synonymsinvade


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)assail, attack


Narrower (hyponym)infest, overrun

6. occupy (possession) require (time or space)


SamplesIt took three hours to get to work this morning.
This event occupied a very short time.


Synonymstake, use up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)expend, use


Narrower (hyponym)be


Verb groupconsume, deplete, eat, eat up, exhaust, run through, use up, wipe out

7. occupy (cognition) consume all of one's attention or time


SamplesHer interest in butterflies absorbs her completely.


ExamplesThey occupy themselves


Synonymsabsorb, engage, engross


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)interest


Narrower (hyponym)consume, involve, rivet

8. occupy (social) assume, as of positions or roles


SamplesShe took the job as director of development.
He occupies the position of manager.
The young prince will soon occupy the throne.


Synonymsfill, take


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)do work, work


Verb groupassume, strike, take, take up









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