Definition of occupied in English:



  • 1(of a building, seat, etc.) being used by someone.

    ‘only the first floor is fully occupied’
    • ‘The main part of the divided house is now occupied by another Irishman.’
    • ‘Subsequent migrants, finding that the big islands were occupied, settled on the outlying islands, most of which are coral outliers.’
    • ‘On Saturday, the plant remained occupied.’
    • ‘At the time in question it was occupied by a number of young men.’
    • ‘With the Hall being opened and occupied again, there would likely be guests and balls and assemblies, and the Lord only knew what else.’
    • ‘The hospital was almost completely occupied by aircrew burns patients.’
    • ‘While the elderly householder was occupied, one of the robbers made their way into her home on Tuesday afternoon and then made off with a substantial amount of cash.’
    • ‘However, it is relatively expensive to "surf the net" and the telephone line is occupied so calls cannot be made.’
    • ‘In many mosques, only a small portion is left for offering prayers and all the remaining portions are occupied.’
    • ‘If the cardio machine you want is occupied, check for a sign-up sheet.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, he said he was disappointed by the level of turn-out, which saw less than a dozen seats occupied by members of the public.’
    • ‘With this de facto recognition of squatting, the word quickly came to mean simply that the tenurial status of the occupied land remained unresolved.’
    • ‘Densely occupied rooms and tightly sealed buildings are the main cause of high levels of carbon dioxide.’
    • ‘The placement and vibration isolation of such equipment requires careful consideration, especially near occupied areas.’
    • ‘In 1565 it passed to the Fowler family, and in 1644, during the Civil War, the occupied monastic buildings were besieged and captured by Parliamentarian forces under Sir Thomas Myddelton.’
    • ‘When Harold would try to eject them from various occupied premises all over campus, they would tell him to "stop pimping for the administration."’
    in use, full, engaged, taken, unavailable
    inhabited, lived-in, tenanted, settled
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  • 2Busy and active.

    ‘tasks that kept her occupied for the remainder of the afternoon’
    • ‘With nearly 500 staff and 377 rooms, the four-star hotel certainly keeps him occupied.’
    • ‘It keeps me occupied at least.’
    • ‘For psychiatrists, it offers enough material to keep them occupied for months.’
    • ‘There will be more pics of my life posted, but please be patient, when I am less occupied, I am sure to entertain you with every details of my life.’
    • ‘Now everyone is occupied with business, but it is also a form of communication and interpersonal exchange.’
    • ‘William only nodded, barely registering parts of the discussion in his mind, which was occupied elsewhere.’
    • ‘Traumatized, she threw herself into her studies to keep her mind occupied.’
    • ‘I'm gonna look into trip routes and travel times today, and plan out a tentative first month schedule to keep myself occupied.’
    • ‘You can avoid temptation by keeping your mind fully occupied with things that interest you.’
    • ‘An action-packed timetable to keep youngsters occupied this summer is on offer at Horwich Leisure Centre.’
    • ‘I could, for instance, argue that work is keeping me more than occupied.’
    • ‘This is the vulnerable moment, when I have both hands occupied and the pistol cannot be fired.’
    • ‘Simon enjoyed peace in Judea because Syria was occupied elsewhere.’
    • ‘Entertainers have been brought in and extra activities arranged in a bid to keep the elderly residents occupied.’
    busy, engaged, working, employed, at work, on the job, hard-pressed, active
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  • 3(of a place, especially a country) taken control of by military conquest or settlement.

    ‘the occupied territories’
    • ‘The teenager honed his craft singing in occupied Germany with the US Army's 314th Infantry Orchestra.’
    • ‘And in Palestine, the first local elections for some years in the occupied West Bank have produced some bad news for Israel.’
    • ‘Israeli tanks, armored cars, helicopter gunships and fighter jets continue to range throughout the occupied territory, targeting smaller groups of fighters and destroying buildings, factories, utilities and individual homes.’
    • ‘But legally, Kosovo was not incorporated into the Serbian kingdom in 1912; it remained occupied territory until some time after 1918.’
    • ‘What part was played by the perpetrators across occupied Europe?’
    • ‘Because of the UN failure, the Croatian government has now launched military action to reestablish control over part of the occupied areas.’
    • ‘The most obvious exclusion, which was not foreseen by the early Zionists, is the status of the Palestinians in the occupied territories.’
    • ‘Yes, she was a composite of the best man in my wedding and a female acquaintance who had worked in occupied Palestine.’
    • ‘In both occupied France and the unoccupied zone, anti-Jewish laws were enforced zealously.’
    • ‘Unlike in occupied Germany, they were unfettered by any need to accommodate the concerns of other Allies or public opinion at home (which would surely have supported hanging the Emperor).’
    • ‘In December 46 per cent of the prisoners held in occupied Poland and in the Reich Commissariat in the Ukraine died, for example.’
    • ‘The present writer had been implicated during the war, since he had been dealing with the partisans in occupied Europe, amongst these the partisans of Yugoslavia.’
    • ‘I joined a project focused on secondary education in all of occupied Iraq.’
    • ‘The current situation in postwar and occupied Iraq reminded me a lot of Lebanon after the civil war ended.’
    • ‘Already, prior to the latest crisis, unemployment of Palestinians in the occupied territories stood at 50 percent.’
    • ‘Within Israel Arabs have been systematically discriminated against, while those in the occupied territories have been citizens of nowhere.’
    • ‘The plan has been bitterly opposed by the prime minister's former allies and the 240,000 settlers who live in the occupied territories.’
    • ‘A Royal Marines Commando from an heroic World War II raid on occupied France has returned to the area where he made his epic overland escape.’