Definition of occupation in US English:

occupation

noun

  • 1A job or profession.

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

    ‘the Roman occupation of Britain’
    ‘the Nazi occupation’
    • ‘But he says Lebanon will always resist the Israeli occupation of its territory.’
    • ‘But the alternative to negotiating with him is continued military occupation of the territories in force.’
    • ‘We feel that 35 years of foreign, illegal occupation is more than enough.’
    • ‘The American military occupation of Japan lasted from August 1945 through April 1952.’
    • ‘Some opponents have argued that voting will legitimise the on-going occupation.’
    • ‘Yet Makiya always opposed a protracted American military occupation.’
    • ‘Or do you support U.S. military occupation and for how long?’
    • ‘The Soviets locked him up during their occupation in the 1980s.’
    • ‘Tomorrow, all those who risked their lives to end the Nazi occupation will be remembered.’
    • ‘He demanded that occupation troops surrender themselves and their weapons.’
    • ‘We endure a genocidal occupation of our homelands and a humiliating denial of our existence as nations.’
    • ‘Like in Vietnam, the sooner the occupation forces pull out, the better for them.’
    • ‘There is a reason why only 6 % of his country supports our occupation of this faraway land.’
    • ‘Baby Bruce would have had little memory of Japan's wartime occupation of Hong Kong.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Shortly thereafter, both the Russians and Americans withdrew their occupation forces except for advisory personnel.’
    • ‘Only in 1994 was he briefly restored to power through a US military occupation of the country.’
    • ‘The next stage of this process is the permanent military occupation of ‘buffer zones’ on the West Bank.’
    • ‘Mauritania withdrew in 1979, but Polisario fought Moroccan occupation for 16 years.’
    1. 2.1 The action of entering and taking control of a building.
      ‘the workers remained in occupation until October 16’
      • ‘There has been a rise in the number of strikes and factory occupations.’
      • ‘Only Dalton's mother resists the enveloping gloom by taking part in a factory occupation.’
      • ‘During their occupation of the building, police had pledged not to enter the prayer area in order to quell opposition.’
      • ‘The mainly Muslim workers have been in occupation since the closure was announced.’
      • ‘As hundreds of Gama workers continued their 10-day occupation of Dublin building sites last night, the company again denied all allegations against it.’
      • ‘The workers began the occupation on June 22.’
      • ‘Another 20 workers remain in occupation of a nearby M & S branch.’
      conquest, capture, invasion, seizure, takeover, annexation, overrunning, subjugation, subjection, appropriation
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  • 3The action or fact of living in or using a building or other place.

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

/ˌɑkjəˈpeɪʃ(ə)n//ˌäkyəˈpāSH(ə)n/