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English noun: occupation

1. occupation (act) the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money


SamplesHe's not in my line of business.


Synonymsbusiness, job, line, line of work


Broader (hypernym)activity


Narrower (hyponym)accountancy, accounting, appointment, berth, billet, biz, calling, career, catering, confectionery, craft, employment, farming, game, land, medium, metier, office, photography, place, position, post, profession, salt mine, situation, sport, spot, trade, treadmill, vocation, work

2. occupation (act) the control of a country by military forces of a foreign power


Synonymsmilitary control


Broader (hypernym)social control


Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

3. occupation (act) any activity that occupies a person's attention


SamplesHe missed the bell in his occupation with the computer game.


Broader (hypernym)activity

4. occupation (act) the act of occupying or taking possession of a building


SamplesOccupation of a building without a certificate of occupancy is illegal.


Synonymsmoving in, occupancy


Broader (hypernym)acquiring, getting


Narrower (hyponym)preoccupancy, preoccupation

5. occupation (time) the period of time during which a place or position or nation is occupied


SamplesDuring the German occupation of Paris.


Broader (hypernym)period, period of time, time period









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