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Synonyms for occupy

Synonyms for (verb) occupy

Synonyms: absorb, engage, engross, occupy Definition: consume all of one's attention or time Usage: Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely

Similar words: interest Definition: excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of

Synonyms: invade, occupy Definition: march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation Usage: Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939

Similar words: assail, attack Definition: launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with Usage: Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II; Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week

Synonyms: take, occupy, use up Definition: require (time or space) Usage: It took three hours to get to work this morning; This event occupied a very short time

Similar words: expend, use Definition: use up, consume fully Usage: The legislature expended its time on school questions

Synonyms: fill, occupy, take Definition: assume, as of positions or roles Usage: She took the job as director of development; he occupies the position of manager; the young prince will soon occupy the throne

Similar words: do work, work Definition: be employed Usage: Is your husband working again?; My wife never worked; Do you want to work after the age of 60?; She never did any work because she inherited a lot of money; She works as a waitress to put herself through college

Synonyms: occupy, busy Definition: keep busy with Usage: She busies herself with her butterfly collection

Similar words: work Definition: exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity Usage: I will work hard to improve my grades; she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor

Synonyms: occupy, reside, lodge in Definition: live (in a certain place) Usage: She resides in Princeton; he occupies two rooms on the top floor

Similar words: dwell, live, inhabit, populate Definition: inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of Usage: People lived in Africa millions of years ago; The people inhabited the islands that are now deserted; this kind of fish dwells near the bottom of the ocean; deer are populating the woods

Synonyms: fill, occupy Definition: occupy the whole of Usage: The liquid fills the container

Similar words: be Definition: occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere Usage: Where is my umbrella? The toolshed is in the back; What is behind this behavior?