[ok-yuh-pahy] Show IPA verb, -pied, -py·ing.
verb (used with object)
to take or fill up (space, time, etc.): I occupied my eveningsreading novels.
to engage or employ the mind, energy, or attention of:Occupy the children with a game while I prepare dinner.
to be a resident or tenant of; dwell in: We occupied the samehouse for 20 years.
to hold (a position, office, etc.).
verb (used without object)
to take or hold possession.