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To hold or engage the attention of
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“These are the kind of pointless questions that occupy the mind when you have nothing better to do.”
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Seize, take over
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“If military forces aggressively occupy an area, the power needed to operate water pumps and plants may not be available.”
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To populate
“The couple who occupy the flat above mine.”
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To fill or take up (a space or time)
“The tombs occupy two thirds of the church.”
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To hold (a position or job)
“One-third of the 57 respondents occupy the position of CEO or president and the rest are vice-presidents or managers.”
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Take forcible possession of
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To provide (a place) with a group of troops
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To worry or vex
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Have power over; prevail
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To satisfy or fulfill (a want, requirement, or need)
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To provide with sufficient people for operation or defense
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To divert one's mind or attention (to something else)
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To set apart for a special use
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To receive, especially in return for effort
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To hire (somebody) for work or a job
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To remove the fuse from (a bomb), making it safe
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To possess or be responsible for
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To crowd into
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