Definition of occupation in English:

occupation

noun

  • 1A job or profession.

    ‘his prime occupation was as editor’
    • ‘Mine was frequently decorated in accordance with my father's occupation.’
    • ‘The sample of 70 stay-at-home fathers was very diverse in terms of occupations, social class, and education levels.’
    • ‘His payslips would state his occupation as something harmless and meaningless, like KGB agent.’
    • ‘An occasional occupation as a fishing guide does not pay enough, Campbell commented as an after-thought.’
    • ‘Football players are known to suffer from relatively high rates of injury compared with participants in other sports and occupations.’
    • ‘Tendonitis, which is associated with an occupation or a sport, is otherwise known as overuse injury or repetitive strain injury.’
    • ‘I think that's why it is such an interesting occupation.’
    • ‘Sadly the diversity of occupations and experiences that Congress has seems to be diminishing.’
    • ‘Creative occupations, like music, sport or theatre bring pleasure.’
    • ‘Farming and fishing are the traditional occupations on the Family Islands.’
    • ‘Agriculture, forestry, and fishing are the occupations of 40 percent of the thirty million people who are employed.’
    • ‘On my visa I always put my occupation as ‘entertainer’.’
    • ‘Consider your occupation - banker or entertainer - and lifestyle before you select a suit style.’
    • ‘Or you have to change activities and occupations so that what you are doing is worth twice as much.’
    • ‘Due to his father's occupation, he grew up knowing about military matters.’
    • ‘Every day he travels out to sea to go fishing which is his occupation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A farmer by occupation, Tom spent all of his life in Mountain, his native townland.’
    • ‘I've had many occupations, including fishing and building houses and commercial buildings.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Avoids activities or occupations that involve contact with others’
      • ‘He mentions the doctrines, customs, occupations, and activities of various sects.’
      • ‘The large variety of tools allowed the prince to pursue diverse occupations, such as hunting, drawing, painting, or lathework.’
      • ‘Certain occupations and activities seem to favour the formation of comedones or acne.’
      • ‘Its main occupations are fishing and boatbuilding.’
      • ‘During the monsoon season the villagers divert their occupation to fishing and agriculture.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In any case, keeping tabs on the crashes has been pretty much a full-time occupation over the past week.’
      • ‘You see, floating on the river is my occupation, but winter is a rough time on the water.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Yet Wu persisted, since learning about architecture was the only occupation that satisfied his pursuit of artistic excellence.’
      • ‘Now the brothers' passion for sport is a full-time occupation.’
      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’
    • ‘We feel that 35 years of foreign, illegal occupation is more than enough.’
    • ‘He demanded that occupation troops surrender themselves and their weapons.’
    • ‘Yet Makiya always opposed a protracted American military occupation.’
    • ‘The American military occupation of Japan lasted from August 1945 through April 1952.’
    • ‘We endure a genocidal occupation of our homelands and a humiliating denial of our existence as nations.’
    • ‘Tomorrow, all those who risked their lives to end the Nazi occupation will be remembered.’
    • ‘Are those attacks escalating because of religious fervor or because of occupation of homelands by foreign forces?’
    • ‘Mauritania withdrew in 1979, but Polisario fought Moroccan occupation for 16 years.’
    • ‘Like in Vietnam, the sooner the occupation forces pull out, the better for them.’
    • ‘The next stage of this process is the permanent military occupation of ‘buffer zones’ on the West Bank.’
    • ‘Sooner or later every great French director must confront the guilty legacy of wartime occupation.’
    • ‘The Soviets locked him up during their occupation in the 1980s.’
    • ‘There is a reason why only 6 % of his country supports our occupation of this faraway land.’
    • ‘But the alternative to negotiating with him is continued military occupation of the territories in force.’
    • ‘But he says Lebanon will always resist the Israeli occupation of its territory.’
    • ‘Baby Bruce would have had little memory of Japan's wartime occupation of Hong Kong.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some opponents have argued that voting will legitimise the on-going occupation.’
    • ‘Or do you support U.S. military occupation and for how long?’
    1. 2.1 The action of entering and taking control of a building.
      ‘the workers remained in occupation until October 16’
      • ‘During their occupation of the building, police had pledged not to enter the prayer area in order to quell opposition.’
      • ‘Another 20 workers remain in occupation of a nearby M & S branch.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The mainly Muslim workers have been in occupation since the closure was announced.’
      • ‘The workers began the occupation on June 22.’
      • ‘As hundreds of Gama workers continued their 10-day occupation of Dublin building sites last night, the company again denied all allegations against it.’
      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’
    • ‘Several of the old concrete ramps between floors were removed and the floors were filled in to create additional space suitable for occupation.’
    • ‘Banned are freehold flats and maisonettes, shared-ownership properties and houses in multiple occupation, such as bedsits.’
    • ‘Mr Mason and his staff have worked through the half term break to prepare the new building for occupation on Monday.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Who else would be interested in buying the House or her half share in the House with him in occupation?’
    • ‘Many people regularly issue statements about the destruction, occupation or misuse of Auqaf properties.’
    • ‘She told me that builders have to notify their local council when a property is completed and ready for occupation.’
    • ‘The effect of his decision is that the Defendants' continued occupation of the site is unlawful.’
    • ‘Many families living in the borough are in need of more suitable homes and unlawful occupation is stopping them from moving.’
    • ‘In all the situations in which the landlord is liable, the tenant in occupation will also be liable for the nuisance, as an occupier.’
    • ‘Mr Omar says he went into occupation of the property in December 1990.’
    • ‘All the units have around 102 square metres of living space and will be ready for occupation by July.’
    • ‘One is a tax on property occupation, the other a supplementary tax on travel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Continued occupation of the site would be of great benefit to them.’
    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/