Thesaurus

occupation

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of occupation

  1. 1 the activity by which one regularly makes a living my primary occupation is stockbroker, but I'm a drummer in a rock band on the weekends Synonyms of occupation calling, employment, game, lay, line, profession, trade, vocation, work Words Related to occupation call, lifework; business, enterprise, field, livelihood, living, métier (also metier), racket [slang]; assignment, engagement, gig, mission; art, craft, handcraft, handicraft; appointment, berth, billet, office, place, position, post, situation; duty, function, job, load, task, workload Near Antonyms of occupation avocation, hobby, pursuit

  2. 2 the act or fact of residing in a place occupation of a condemned building is illegal Synonyms of occupation habitation, occupancy, possession, residencyWords Related to occupation tenancy, tenantry; ownership, proprietorship; trespassNear Antonyms of occupation dispossession, ejection, ejectment; vacancy; vacating, vacation

Synonym Discussion of occupation

work, employment, occupation, calling, pursuit, métier, business mean a specific sustained activity engaged in especially in earning one's living. work may apply to any purposeful activity whether remunerative or not.
    • her work as a hospital volunteer
employment implies work for which one has been engaged and is being paid by an employer.
    • your employment with this firm is hereby terminated
occupation implies work in which one engages regularly especially as a result of training.
    • his occupation as a trained auto mechanic
calling applies to an occupation viewed as a vocation or profession.
    • the ministry seemed my true calling
pursuit suggests a trade, profession, or avocation followed with zeal or steady interest.
    • her family considered medicine the only proper pursuit
métier implies a calling or pursuit for which one believes oneself to be especially fitted.
    • acting was my one and only métier
business suggests activity in commerce or the management of money and affairs.
    • the business of managing a hotel


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