Synonyms of occupy in English:


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1‘Carol occupied the basement flat’


live in, inhabit, be the tenant of, tenant, lodge in, be ensconced in, be established in, ensconce oneself in, establish oneself in, take up residence in, make one's home in, settle in, move into

people, populate, settle

Scottish South African stay in

formal reside in, dwell in

2‘two long windows occupied almost the whole of the end wall’


take up, fill, fill up, cover, extend over, use up, utilize

3‘he occupies a senior post at the Treasury’


hold, be in, fill, have

informal hold down

4‘I need something to occupy my mind’


engage, busy, employ, distract, absorb, engross, preoccupy, hold, hold the attention of, immerse, interest, involve, entertain, divert, amuse, beguile

5‘Hamburg was occupied by the French in 1812’


capture, seize, take possession of, conquer, invade, overrun, take over, colonize, garrison, annex, dominate, subjugate, hegemonize, hold, commandeer, requisition


leave, abandon, quit