Definition of occupation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌäkyəˈpāSH(ə)n/


1A job or profession: his prime occupation was as editor
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  • Due to his father's occupation, he grew up knowing about military matters.
  • In addition, we excluded 180 boys without information on fathers' occupation.
  • Mine was frequently decorated in accordance with my father's occupation.
job, profession, work, line of work, trade, employment, position, post, situation, business, career, field, métier, vocation, calling, craft
1.1A way of spending time: a game of cards is a pretty harmless occupation
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  • We are making every effort to try and soften the edges of these draconian rules but brick walls and head butting are pretty joyless occupations.
  • During the monsoon season the villagers divert their occupation to fishing and agriculture.
  • Its main occupations are fishing and boatbuilding.
pastime, activity, hobby, pursuit, interest, entertainment, recreation, amusement, diversion, divertissement
2The action, state, or period of occupying or being occupied by military force: the Roman occupation of Britain the Nazi occupation
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  • But the alternative to negotiating with him is continued military occupation of the territories in force.
  • The American military occupation of Japan lasted from August 1945 through April 1952.
  • The next stage of this process is the permanent military occupation of ‘buffer zones’ on the West Bank.
2.1The action of entering and taking control of a building: the workers remained in occupation until October 16
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  • The mainly Muslim workers have been in occupation since the closure was announced.
  • Another 20 workers remain in occupation of a nearby M & S branch.
  • As hundreds of Gama workers continued their 10-day occupation of Dublin building sites last night, the company again denied all allegations against it.
conquest, capture, invasion, seizure, takeover, annexation, overrunning, subjugation, subjection, appropriation;
colonization, rule, control, possession, suzerainty
3The action or fact of living in or using a building or other place: a property suitable for occupation by older people
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  • Many families living in the borough are in need of more suitable homes and unlawful occupation is stopping them from moving.
  • One is a tax on property occupation, the other a supplementary tax on travel.
  • Several of the old concrete ramps between floors were removed and the floors were filled in to create additional space suitable for occupation.
residence, residency, habitation, inhabitation, occupancy, tenancy, tenure, lease, living in, possession
formal dwelling


Middle English: via Old French from Latin occupatio(n-), from the verb occupare (see occupy). sense 2 dates from the mid 16th century.

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Syllabification: oc·cu·pa·tion

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