Definition of occupation in English:

occupation

noun

  • 1A job or profession.

    ‘people in professional occupations’
    • ‘I think that's why it is such an interesting occupation.’
    • ‘But it would be interesting to see how the different artistic occupations differ from each other.’
    • ‘Mine was frequently decorated in accordance with my father's occupation.’
    • ‘In addition, we excluded 180 boys without information on fathers' occupation.’
    • ‘A farmer by occupation, Tom spent all of his life in Mountain, his native townland.’
    • ‘Creative occupations, like music, sport or theatre bring pleasure.’
    • ‘An occasional occupation as a fishing guide does not pay enough, Campbell commented as an after-thought.’
    • ‘Agriculture, forestry, and fishing are the occupations of 40 percent of the thirty million people who are employed.’
    • ‘I've had many occupations, including fishing and building houses and commercial buildings.’
    • ‘Every day he travels out to sea to go fishing which is his occupation.’
    • ‘Due to his father's occupation, he grew up knowing about military matters.’
    • ‘Sadly the diversity of occupations and experiences that Congress has seems to be diminishing.’
    • ‘Consider your occupation - banker or entertainer - and lifestyle before you select a suit style.’
    • ‘Farming and fishing are the traditional occupations on the Family Islands.’
    • ‘Or you have to change activities and occupations so that what you are doing is worth twice as much.’
    • ‘Football players are known to suffer from relatively high rates of injury compared with participants in other sports and occupations.’
    • ‘His payslips would state his occupation as something harmless and meaningless, like KGB agent.’
    • ‘The sample of 70 stay-at-home fathers was very diverse in terms of occupations, social class, and education levels.’
    • ‘On my visa I always put my occupation as ‘entertainer’.’
    • ‘Tendonitis, which is associated with an occupation or a sport, is otherwise known as overuse injury or repetitive strain injury.’
    job, day job, profession, work, line of work, line of business, trade, employment, position, post, situation, business, career, métier, vocation, calling, craft, skill, field, province, walk of life
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    1. 1.1 A way of spending time.
      ‘a game of cards is a pretty harmless occupation’
      • ‘Its main occupations are fishing and boatbuilding.’
      • ‘These differences can be explained by different sources of exposure, such as through occupations or hobbies.’
      • ‘Playing a game of chess is a quiet occupation, all about moves on the board and opponents rarely reveal anything.’
      • ‘You see, floating on the river is my occupation, but winter is a rough time on the water.’
      • ‘During the monsoon season the villagers divert their occupation to fishing and agriculture.’
      • ‘Avoids activities or occupations that involve contact with others’
      • ‘The large variety of tools allowed the prince to pursue diverse occupations, such as hunting, drawing, painting, or lathework.’
      • ‘Yet Wu persisted, since learning about architecture was the only occupation that satisfied his pursuit of artistic excellence.’
      • ‘In any case, keeping tabs on the crashes has been pretty much a full-time occupation over the past week.’
      • ‘He mentions the doctrines, customs, occupations, and activities of various sects.’
      • ‘Certain occupations and activities seem to favour the formation of comedones or acne.’
      • ‘To his own mind, however, his real occupation was not the pursuit of wealth but the opening of souls.’
      • ‘Meanwhile the poachers had time to gather up their nets and other implements used in the pursuit of their nefarious occupation.’
      • ‘Now the brothers' passion for sport is a full-time occupation.’
      • ‘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.’
      pastime, activity, leisure activity, hobby, pursuit, interest, entertainment, recreation, diversion, amusement, divertissement
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  • 2mass noun The action, state, or period of occupying or being occupied by military force.

    ‘the Roman occupation of Britain’
    • ‘Shortly thereafter, both the Russians and Americans withdrew their occupation forces except for advisory personnel.’
    • ‘Or do you support U.S. military occupation and for how long?’
    • ‘Baby Bruce would have had little memory of Japan's wartime occupation of Hong Kong.’
    • ‘Like in Vietnam, the sooner the occupation forces pull out, the better for them.’
    • ‘We endure a genocidal occupation of our homelands and a humiliating denial of our existence as nations.’
    • ‘Some opponents have argued that voting will legitimise the on-going occupation.’
    • ‘We feel that 35 years of foreign, illegal occupation is more than enough.’
    • ‘Only in 1994 was he briefly restored to power through a US military occupation of the country.’
    • ‘He demanded that occupation troops surrender themselves and their weapons.’
    • ‘Yet Makiya always opposed a protracted American military occupation.’
    • ‘Sooner or later every great French director must confront the guilty legacy of wartime occupation.’
    • ‘Are those attacks escalating because of religious fervor or because of occupation of homelands by foreign forces?’
    • ‘The Soviets locked him up during their occupation in the 1980s.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mauritania withdrew in 1979, but Polisario fought Moroccan occupation for 16 years.’
    • ‘There is a reason why only 6 % of his country supports our occupation of this faraway land.’
    • ‘The next stage of this process is the permanent military occupation of ‘buffer zones’ on the West Bank.’
    • ‘Tomorrow, all those who risked their lives to end the Nazi occupation will be remembered.’
    • ‘But he says Lebanon will always resist the Israeli occupation of its territory.’
    1. 2.1 The action of entering and taking control of a building.
      ‘the workers remained in occupation until 16 October’
      • ‘As hundreds of Gama workers continued their 10-day occupation of Dublin building sites last night, the company again denied all allegations against it.’
      • ‘There has been a rise in the number of strikes and factory occupations.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The workers began the occupation on June 22.’
      • ‘During their occupation of the building, police had pledged not to enter the prayer area in order to quell opposition.’
      • ‘Only Dalton's mother resists the enveloping gloom by taking part in a factory occupation.’
      conquest, capture, invasion, seizure, takeover, annexation, overrunning, subjugation, subjection, appropriation
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  • 3mass noun The action of living in or using a building or other place.

    ‘a property suitable for occupation by older people’
    • ‘The effect of his decision is that the Defendants' continued occupation of the site is unlawful.’
    • ‘Both Maori and British common law require continuous occupation and control for common law ownership.’
    • ‘I can remember not too long ago it was in occupation and kept in good repair.’
    • ‘In all the situations in which the landlord is liable, the tenant in occupation will also be liable for the nuisance, as an occupier.’
    • ‘Banned are freehold flats and maisonettes, shared-ownership properties and houses in multiple occupation, such as bedsits.’
    • ‘Many families living in the borough are in need of more suitable homes and unlawful occupation is stopping them from moving.’
    • ‘She told me that builders have to notify their local council when a property is completed and ready for occupation.’
    • ‘Who else would be interested in buying the House or her half share in the House with him in occupation?’
    • ‘Mr Mason and his staff have worked through the half term break to prepare the new building for occupation on Monday.’
    • ‘Several of the old concrete ramps between floors were removed and the floors were filled in to create additional space suitable for occupation.’
    • ‘All the units have around 102 square metres of living space and will be ready for occupation by July.’
    • ‘Continued occupation of the site would be of great benefit to them.’
    • ‘One is a tax on property occupation, the other a supplementary tax on travel.’
    • ‘The occupation of property may be, and often is, distinct from its value to the owner.’
    • ‘Many people regularly issue statements about the destruction, occupation or misuse of Auqaf properties.’
    • ‘Mr Omar says he went into occupation of the property in December 1990.’
    • ‘In April 1990 the claimant commenced his occupation of the premises.’
    residence, residency, habitation, inhabitation, occupancy, tenancy, tenure, lease, living in
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adjective

British
  • For the sole use of the occupiers of the land concerned.

    ‘an occupation bridge’
    • ‘However, the question of Andrew's occupation rights, or those of the tenant of the flat, were not argued before me.’
    • ‘In the circumstances, the respondent's membership and occupation rights should be declared terminated and a writ of possession ought to issue.’
    • ‘The settlements are generally dispersed with thin occupation layers.’
    • ‘The Law Commission's proposals for occupation orders were originally regarded as uncontroversial and non-party political.’
    • ‘A duty of ‘common humanity’ was owed to the trespasser in respect of both activity and occupation duties.’
    • ‘Further, the applicant sought other relief, including an order for an accounting and an order for payment of occupation rent.’
    • ‘A wide group of associated persons may apply for non-molestation orders and a narrower group may apply for occupation orders.’
    • ‘Even more critically, there is only a limited evidentiary basis upon which to consider any award of occupation rent.’
    • ‘The claim for occupation rent has been codified in the Family Law Act.’
    • ‘Bob, as a father living in his daughter's house, has no right to an occupation order under the Family Law Act 1996.’
    • ‘Under the provisions of the Family Law Act, section 36, he had no jurisdiction to make an occupation order.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

occupation

/ɒkjʊˈpeɪʃ(ə)n/