Definition of occupied in English:


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  • 1(of a building, seat, etc.) being used by someone.

    ‘only the first floor is fully occupied’
    • ‘The hospital was almost completely occupied by aircrew burns patients.’
    • ‘At the time in question it was occupied by a number of young men.’
    • ‘The main part of the divided house is now occupied by another Irishman.’
    • ‘Subsequent migrants, finding that the big islands were occupied, settled on the outlying islands, most of which are coral outliers.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, he said he was disappointed by the level of turn-out, which saw less than a dozen seats occupied by members of the public.’
    • ‘The placement and vibration isolation of such equipment requires careful consideration, especially near occupied areas.’
    • ‘With this de facto recognition of squatting, the word quickly came to mean simply that the tenurial status of the occupied land remained unresolved.’
    • ‘In many mosques, only a small portion is left for offering prayers and all the remaining portions are occupied.’
    • ‘If the cardio machine you want is occupied, check for a sign-up sheet.’
    • ‘On Saturday, the plant remained occupied.’
    • ‘However, it is relatively expensive to "surf the net" and the telephone line is occupied so calls cannot be made.’
    • ‘With the Hall being opened and occupied again, there would likely be guests and balls and assemblies, and the Lord only knew what else.’
    • ‘When Harold would try to eject them from various occupied premises all over campus, they would tell him to "stop pimping for the administration."’
    • ‘Densely occupied rooms and tightly sealed buildings are the main cause of high levels of carbon dioxide.’
    • ‘While the elderly householder was occupied, one of the robbers made their way into her home on Tuesday afternoon and then made off with a substantial amount of cash.’
    • ‘In 1565 it passed to the Fowler family, and in 1644, during the Civil War, the occupied monastic buildings were besieged and captured by Parliamentarian forces under Sir Thomas Myddelton.’
    in use, full, engaged, taken, unavailable
    inhabited, lived-in, tenanted, settled
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  • 2Busy and active.

    ‘tasks that kept her occupied for the remainder of the afternoon’
    • ‘William only nodded, barely registering parts of the discussion in his mind, which was occupied elsewhere.’
    • ‘Traumatized, she threw herself into her studies to keep her mind occupied.’
    • ‘An action-packed timetable to keep youngsters occupied this summer is on offer at Horwich Leisure Centre.’
    • ‘I could, for instance, argue that work is keeping me more than occupied.’
    • ‘For psychiatrists, it offers enough material to keep them occupied for months.’
    • ‘You can avoid temptation by keeping your mind fully occupied with things that interest you.’
    • ‘Simon enjoyed peace in Judea because Syria was occupied elsewhere.’
    • ‘With nearly 500 staff and 377 rooms, the four-star hotel certainly keeps him occupied.’
    • ‘Entertainers have been brought in and extra activities arranged in a bid to keep the elderly residents occupied.’
    • ‘I'm gonna look into trip routes and travel times today, and plan out a tentative first month schedule to keep myself occupied.’
    • ‘This is the vulnerable moment, when I have both hands occupied and the pistol cannot be fired.’
    • ‘There will be more pics of my life posted, but please be patient, when I am less occupied, I am sure to entertain you with every details of my life.’
    • ‘Now everyone is occupied with business, but it is also a form of communication and interpersonal exchange.’
    • ‘It keeps me occupied at least.’
    busy, engaged, working, employed, at work, on the job, hard-pressed, active
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  • 3(of a place, especially a country) taken control of by military conquest or settlement.

    ‘the occupied territories’
    • ‘I joined a project focused on secondary education in all of occupied Iraq.’
    • ‘The teenager honed his craft singing in occupied Germany with the US Army's 314th Infantry Orchestra.’
    • ‘A Royal Marines Commando from an heroic World War II raid on occupied France has returned to the area where he made his epic overland escape.’
    • ‘The plan has been bitterly opposed by the prime minister's former allies and the 240,000 settlers who live in the occupied territories.’
    • ‘The current situation in postwar and occupied Iraq reminded me a lot of Lebanon after the civil war ended.’
    • ‘But legally, Kosovo was not incorporated into the Serbian kingdom in 1912; it remained occupied territory until some time after 1918.’
    • ‘What part was played by the perpetrators across occupied Europe?’
    • ‘Because of the UN failure, the Croatian government has now launched military action to reestablish control over part of the occupied areas.’
    • ‘In December 46 per cent of the prisoners held in occupied Poland and in the Reich Commissariat in the Ukraine died, for example.’
    • ‘In both occupied France and the unoccupied zone, anti-Jewish laws were enforced zealously.’
    • ‘Unlike in occupied Germany, they were unfettered by any need to accommodate the concerns of other Allies or public opinion at home (which would surely have supported hanging the Emperor).’
    • ‘The present writer had been implicated during the war, since he had been dealing with the partisans in occupied Europe, amongst these the partisans of Yugoslavia.’



/ˈäkyəˌpīd/ /ˈɑkjəˌpaɪd/