Synonyms of occupy
1 inhabitDictionary • the couple who occupy the flat above mine
inhabit • the people who inhabit these islands
stay in (Scottish)
be established in
be in residence in
establish yourself in
ensconce yourself in
take up residence in
make your home
2 invadeDictionary • Alexandretta had been occupied by the French in 1918.
invade • In 1944 the allies invaded the Italian mainland.
capture • The army has captured a strategic city in the north.
seize • Troops have seized the airport and radio stations.
conquer • Early in the eleventh century the whole of England was again conquered by the Vikings.
hold • Didn't it hold your attention?
garrison • British troops still garrisoned the country.
overrun • A group of rebels overran the port.
annex • Rome annexed the Nabatean kingdom in 106 AD.
take possession of
3 holdDictionary • Men still occupy more positions of power than women.
hold • She has never held a ministerial post.
control • He now controls the largest retail development empire in southern California.
dominate • He denied that his country wants to dominate Europe.
possess • It was as if the spirit of his father possessed him.
4 take upDictionary • Her parliamentary career has occupied all of her time.
consume • Some of the most efficient refrigerators consume 70 percent less electricity than traditional models.
keep busy or occupied
5 engageDictionary • I had other matters to occupy me that day. often passive
engage • He tried to engage me in conversation.
interest • This part of the book interests me in particular.
employ • Your time could be usefully employed in attending to business matters.
entertain • He entertained us with anecdotes about his job.
absorb • a second career which absorbed her more completely than acting ever had
amuse • Put a selection of toys in his cot to amuse him if he wakes early.
divert • diverting her with jokes and fiery arguments
preoccupy • a question that continues to preoccupy the more serious papers
immerse • His commitments did not allow him to immerse himself in family life.
hold the attention of
engross • There's something about them which engrosses the public.
keep busy or occupied
6 fillDictionary • The tombs occupy two thirds of the church.
fill • She filled the role of diplomat's wife for many years.
pervade • the corruption that pervades every stratum of society
permeate • The water will eventually permeate through the surrounding concrete.
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absorbIf something absorbs you, it interests you a great deal and takes up all your attention and energy.
• a second career which absorbed her more completely than acting ever had
amuseIf you amuse yourself, you do something in order to pass the time and not become bored.
• Put a selection of toys in his cot to amuse him if he wakes early.
annexIf a country annexes another country or an area of land, it seizes it and takes control of it.
• Rome annexed the Nabatean kingdom in 106 AD.
Thesaurus for occupy from the Collins English Thesaurus
to live or be established in (a house, flat, office, etc)