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English verb: occupy

1. occupy (social) keep busy with

SamplesShe busies herself with her butterfly collection.


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.


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.


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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