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Webster 1913 Edition


Occupation

Ocˊcu-pa′tion

,
Noun.
[L.
occupatio
: cf. F.
occupation
.]
1.
The act or process of occupying or taking possession; actual possession and control; the state of being occupied; a holding or keeping; tenure; use;
as, the
occupation
of lands by a tenant
.
Absence of
occupation
is not rest.
Cowper.
Occupation bridge
(Engin.)
,
a bridge connecting the parts of an estate separated by a railroad, a canal, or an ordinary road.
Syn. – Occupancy; possession; tenure; use; employment; avocation; engagement; vocation; calling; office; trade; profession.

Webster 1828 Edition


Occupation

OCCUPA'TION

,
Noun.
[L. occupatio.]
1.
The act of taking possession.
2.
Possession; a holding or keeping; tenure; use; as lands in the occupation of AB.
3.
That which engages the time and attention; employment; business. He devotes to study all the time that his other occupations will permit.
4.
The principal business of one's life; vocation; calling; trade; the business which a man follows to procure a living or obtain wealth. Agriculture, manufactures and commerce furnish the most general occupations of life. Painting, statuary, music, are agreeable occupations. Men not engaged in some useful occupation commonly fall into vicious courses.

Definition 2022


occupation

occupation

English

Noun

occupation (plural occupations)

  1. An activity or task with which one occupies oneself; usually specifically the productive activity, service, trade, or craft for which one is regularly paid; a job.
  2. The act, process or state of possessing a place.
  3. The control of a country or region by a hostile army.
    • 2012 April 23, Angelique Chrisafis, “François Hollande on top but far right scores record result in French election”, in the Guardian:
      The lawyer and twice-divorced mother of three had presented herself as the modern face of her party, trying to strip it of unsavoury overtones after her father's convictions for saying the Nazi occupation of France was not "particularly inhumane".

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French

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin occupātio, occupātiōnem.

Pronunciation

Noun

occupation f (plural occupations)

  1. occupation (the occupying of a territory; something that one spends one's time on, such as a job or a hobby; act of occupying, of being an occupant)

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