Definition of occupation in English:


Line breaks: oc¦cu|pa¦tion
Pronunciation: /ɒkjʊˈpeɪʃ(ə)n


  • 2 [mass noun] The action, state, or period of occupying or being occupied by military force: the Roman occupation of Britain
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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 16 October
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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.


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  • For the sole use of the occupiers of the land concerned: an occupation bridge
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    • Under the provisions of the Family Law Act, section 36, he had no jurisdiction to make an occupation order.
    • The Law Commission's proposals for occupation orders were originally regarded as uncontroversial and non-party political.
    • The claim for occupation rent has been codified in the Family Law Act.


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

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