[ok-yuh-pey-shuh n] /ˌɒk yəˈpeɪ ʃən/

a person’s usual or principal work or business, especially as a means of earning a living; vocation:
Her occupation was dentistry.
any activity in which a person is engaged.
possession, settlement, or use of land or property.
the act of , possessing, or settling.
the state of being , taken over, or settled.
the state of being busy:
His constant occupation with his writing has cut severely into his social life.
the seizure and control of an area by military forces, especially foreign territory.
the term of control of a territory by foreign military forces:
Danish resistance during the German occupation.
tenure or the holding of an office or official function:
during his occupation of the vice presidency.
the act of going into and taking control of a public or private space, as a park or building, especially as an act of protest:
The students’ week-long occupation of the dean’s office brought about a change in the university’s curfew policy.
the state or condition of living or working in a given place:
The landlord will not allow occupation of any of his apartments by families with children or pets.
a person’s regular work or profession; job or principal activity
any activity on which time is spent by a person
the act of occupying or the state of being occupied
the control of a country by a foreign military power
the period of time that a nation, place, or position is occupied
(modifier) for the use of the occupier of a particular property: occupation road, occupation bridge

early 14c., “fact of holding or possessing;” mid-14c., “a being employed in something,” also “a particular action,” from Old French occupacion “pursuit, work, employment; occupancy, occupation” (12c.), from Latin occupationem (nominative occupatio) “a taking possession; business, employment,” noun of action from past participle stem of occupare (see occupy). Meaning “employment, business in which one engages” is late 14c. That of “condition of being held and ruled by troops of another country” is from 1940.


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