Definition of occupation
1a : an activity in which one engages <Pursuing pleasure has been his major occupation.>b : the principal business of one's life : vocation <Teaching was her occupation.>
2a : the possession, use, or settlement of land : occupancy <the last of the historic private houses in the metropolis … still in the occupation of its hereditary owner — Sidney (Australia) Bull.>b : the holding of an office or position <it is only … the occupation … of two offices at the same time that offends public policy — W. D. Miller>
3a : the act or process of taking possession of a place or area : seizure <Spain's occupation of the island>b : the holding and control of an area by a foreign military force <the Roman occupation of Britain>c : the military force occupying a country or the policies carried out by it <The occupation addressed the concerns of the natives.>
occupationalplay \ˌä-kyə-ˈpā-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
Examples of occupation in a sentence
He is thinking about changing occupations and becoming a police officer.
“What's your occupation?” “I'm a stay-at-home mom.”
Swimming was their main occupation at summer camp.
Some evidence of human occupation was found in these caves.
The offices are ready for occupation.
Origin and Etymology of occupation
Middle English occupacioun, from Anglo-French occupaciun, from Latin occupation-, occupatio, from occupare
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of occupation
OCCUPATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of occupation for English Language Learners
: the work that a person does : a person's job or profession
: an activity that a person spends time doing
: the activity of living in or using a particular place
OCCUPATION Defined for Kids
Definition of occupation for Students
1 : a person's business or profession <His uncle was a tailor by occupation.>
2 : the act of using or taking possession and control of a place <Human occupation of this area began thousands of years ago.>
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