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?