1. [ verb ] be present in; be inside of
Synonyms: inhabit
Related terms: be nest infest infest tenant occupation inhabitancy
2. [ verb ] (work) keep busy with
Synonyms: busy

"She busies herself with her butterfly collection"

Related terms: work dabble potter occupation
3. [ verb ] (housing) live (in a certain place)
Synonyms: reside lodge_in
Related terms: dwell move_in stay_at crash squat resident occupation
4. [ verb ] occupy the whole of
Synonyms: fill

"The liquid fills the container"

Related terms: be crowd take_up deluge occupation
5. [ verb ] be on the mind of
Synonyms: concern interest worry

"I worry about the second Germanic consonant"

Related terms: preoccupy interest occupation
6. [ verb ] (military) march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation
Synonyms: invade

"Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939"

Related terms: attack infest invader occupier
7. [ verb ] as of time or space
Synonyms: take use_up

: "It took three hours to get to work this morning" "This event occupied a very short time"

Related terms: use be consume
8. [ verb ] engage or engross wholly
Synonyms: engage engross absorb

"Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"

Related terms: interest involve rivet consume preoccupation occupation intentness