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British English: /ˈɒkjʊpʌɪ/
American English: /ˈɑkjəˌpaɪ/

Translation of occupy in French:

transitive verb

  • 2 (fill)
    (bed, seat, room)
    is this seat occupied?
    est-ce que cette place est occupée or prise?
  • 3 (take over)
    (country, building)
    an occupied territory
    un territoire occupé
    the occupied territories
    les terres occupées
    the occupied zone
    la zone d'occupation
  • 4 (take up)
    (activity) (day, afternoon)
    the lecture occupies a whole day
    la conférence dure toute une journée
    (area, floor, surface)
    that table occupies too much space
    cette table occupe or tient trop de place
  • 5 (keep busy)
    to be occupied in doing
    être occupé à faire
    to be occupied with somebody/something
    s 'occuper de quelqu'un/quelque chose
    I'm fully occupied with the garden
    le jardin prend tout mon temps
    something to occupy my mind
    quelque chose pour m'occuper l'esprit
  • 6 (hold)
    (position, post, office)

reflexive verb

  • to occupy oneself
    to keep oneself occupied
    by doing en faisant

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