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Translation of ocupar in English:

verbo transitivo/transitive verb

  • 2 [persona] 2.1 [lugar/asiento] volvió a ocupar su asiento she returned to her seat, she took her seat again siempre ocupaba la cabecera de la mesa she always sat at the head of the table 2.2 [vivienda/habitación] ya han ocupado la casa they have already moved into the house los niños ocupaban la habitación del fondo the children slept in o/or had the room at the back 2.3 (en una clasificación) ocupa el tercer lugar en el ránking she's third in the rankings ¿qué lugar ocupan en la liga? what position are they in o/or where are they in the division? pasan a ocupar el primer puesto they move into first place 2.4 [cargo] to hold, occupy [formal]; [vacante] to fill ocupó la presidencia del club durante varios años she held the post of o/or she was president of the club for several years
  • 5 [tiempo] ¿en qué ocupas tus ratos libres? how do you spend your spare time? me ocupa demasiado tiempo it takes up too much of my time la redacción de la carta me ocupó toda la mañana it took me all morning to write the letter

verbo pronominal/pronominal verb (ocuparse)

  • 1 (atender)ocuparse de algo/algn ¿quién se ocupa de los niños? who takes care of o/or looks after the children? este departamento se ocupa de la administración this department deals with o/or is in charge of administration enseguida me ocupo de usted I'll be right with you o/or one moment and I'll attend to you nadie se ha ocupado de arreglarlo nobody has bothered to fix it ya me ocuparé yo de eso I'll see to that in due course tú ocúpate de tus cosas que de las mías me ocupo yo you mind your own business and let me take care of mine
  • 2 (España/Spain) [argot], (ejercer la prostitución) to be a hooker [argot/slang], to be on the game (inglés británico/British English) [argot/slang]

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