Pronunciation /ˈɒkjʊpʌɪ/
verb occupies, occupying, occupied
[with object]
1 Reside or have one’s place of business in (a building)
1.1 Fill or take up (a space or time)
1.2 Be situated in or at (a position in a system or hierarchy)
1.3 Hold (a position or job)
2 Fill or preoccupy (the mind)
2.1 Keep (someone) busy and active.
3 Take control of (a place, especially a country) by military conquest or settlement.
3.1 Enter and stay in (a building) without authority and often forcibly, especially as a form of protest.

Middle English formed irregularly from Old French occuper, from Latin occupare ‘seize’. A now obsolete vulgar sense ‘have sexual relations with’ seems to have led to the general avoidance of the word in the 17th and most of the 18th century.


I was very happily occupied at the Libreplanet Software Conference today.

(No, I didn’t spend more than a normal amount of time in a bathroom today. It was just an easy graphic to do.)

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