(v. i.) To follow business; to traffic.
(v. t.) To hold, or fill, the dimensions of; to take up the room or space of; to cover or fill; as, the camp occupies five acres of ground.
(v. t.) To take or hold possession of; to hold or keep for use; to possess.
(v. t.) To use; to expend; to make use of.
(v. i.) To hold possession; to be an occupant.
(v. t.) To possess or use the time or capacity of; to engage the service of; to employ; to busy.
(v. t.) To do business in; to busy one's self with.
(v. t.) To have sexual intercourse with.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Occupy'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/o/occupy.html. 1828.