Definition of occupation in English:

occupation

noun

  • 1A job or profession.

    ‘his prime occupation was as editor’
    • ‘The sample of 70 stay-at-home fathers was very diverse in terms of occupations, social class, and education levels.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I think that's why it is such an interesting occupation.’
    • ‘Mine was frequently decorated in accordance with my father's occupation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His payslips would state his occupation as something harmless and meaningless, like KGB agent.’
    • ‘Creative occupations, like music, sport or theatre bring pleasure.’
    • ‘Sadly the diversity of occupations and experiences that Congress has seems to be diminishing.’
    • ‘An occasional occupation as a fishing guide does not pay enough, Campbell commented as an after-thought.’
    • ‘Or you have to change activities and occupations so that what you are doing is worth twice as much.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In addition, we excluded 180 boys without information on fathers' occupation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On my visa I always put my occupation as ‘entertainer’.’
    • ‘Football players are known to suffer from relatively high rates of injury compared with participants in other sports and occupations.’
    • ‘Consider your occupation - banker or entertainer - and lifestyle before you select a suit style.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘During the monsoon season the villagers divert their occupation to fishing and agriculture.’
      • ‘You see, floating on the river is my occupation, but winter is a rough time on the water.’
      • ‘Yet Wu persisted, since learning about architecture was the only occupation that satisfied his pursuit of artistic excellence.’
      • ‘He mentions the doctrines, customs, occupations, and activities of various sects.’
      • ‘In any case, keeping tabs on the crashes has been pretty much a full-time occupation over the past week.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Avoids activities or occupations that involve contact with others’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To his own mind, however, his real occupation was not the pursuit of wealth but the opening of souls.’
      • ‘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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  • 2The action, state, or period of occupying or being occupied by military force.

    ‘the Roman occupation of Britain’
    ‘the Nazi occupation’
    • ‘Shortly thereafter, both the Russians and Americans withdrew their occupation forces except for advisory personnel.’
    • ‘Like in Vietnam, the sooner the occupation forces pull out, the better for them.’
    • ‘Yet Makiya always opposed a protracted American military occupation.’
    • ‘The American military occupation of Japan lasted from August 1945 through April 1952.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We endure a genocidal occupation of our homelands and a humiliating denial of our existence as nations.’
    • ‘But the alternative to negotiating with him is continued military occupation of the territories in force.’
    • ‘Baby Bruce would have had little memory of Japan's wartime occupation of Hong Kong.’
    • ‘There is a reason why only 6 % of his country supports our occupation of this faraway land.’
    • ‘Some opponents have argued that voting will legitimise the on-going occupation.’
    • ‘The Soviets locked him up during their occupation in the 1980s.’
    • ‘Or do you support U.S. military occupation and for how long?’
    • ‘He demanded that occupation troops surrender themselves and their weapons.’
    • ‘But he says Lebanon will always resist the Israeli occupation of its territory.’
    • ‘We feel that 35 years of foreign, illegal occupation is more than enough.’
    • ‘Mauritania withdrew in 1979, but Polisario fought Moroccan occupation for 16 years.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Tomorrow, all those who risked their lives to end the Nazi occupation will be remembered.’
    1. 2.1 The action of entering and taking control of a building.
      ‘the workers remained in occupation until October 16’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The mainly Muslim workers have been in occupation since the closure was announced.’
      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.’
    • ‘Both Maori and British common law require continuous occupation and control for common law ownership.’
    • ‘The effect of his decision is that the Defendants' continued occupation of the site is unlawful.’
    • ‘Several of the old concrete ramps between floors were removed and the floors were filled in to create additional space suitable for occupation.’
    • ‘Many families living in the borough are in need of more suitable homes and unlawful occupation is stopping them from moving.’
    • ‘All the units have around 102 square metres of living space and will be ready for occupation by July.’
    • ‘Banned are freehold flats and maisonettes, shared-ownership properties and houses in multiple occupation, such as bedsits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many people regularly issue statements about the destruction, occupation or misuse of Auqaf properties.’
    • ‘I can remember not too long ago it was in occupation and kept in good repair.’
    • ‘The occupation of property may be, and often is, distinct from its value to the owner.’
    • ‘In April 1990 the claimant commenced his occupation of the premises.’
    • ‘Who else would be interested in buying the House or her half share in the House with him in occupation?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mr Mason and his staff have worked through the half term break to prepare the new building for occupation on Monday.’
    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 dates from the mid 16th century.

Pronunciation:

occupation

/ˌäkyəˈpāSH(ə)n/