AskDefine | Define occupation

Dictionary Definition



1 the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money; "he's not in my line of business" [syn: business, job, line of work, line]
2 the control of a country by military forces of a foreign power [syn: military control]
3 any activity that occupies a person's attention; "he missed the bell in his occupation with the computer game"
4 the act of occupying or taking possession of a building; "occupation of a building without a certificate of occupancy is illegal" [syn: occupancy, taking possession, moving in]
5 the period of time during which a place or position or nation is occupied; "during the German occupation of Paris"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • IPA: /ɑkjupe(ɪ)ʃən/


  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.
  2. The act, process or state of possessing a place.
  3. The control of a country or region by a hostile army.



activity or task with which one occupies oneself
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: 职业 (zhíyè)
  • Czech: zaměstnání
  • Dutch: bezigheid
  • Finnish: ammatti, työ, ajanviete
  • French: occupation
  • German: Beschäftigung, Beruf
  • Greek: απασχόληση (apaschólisi)
  • Hebrew:
  • Hungarian: foglalkozás
  • Italian: occupazione
  • Japanese: 仕事 (しごと, shigoto), 職業 (しょくぎょう, shokugyō)
  • Korean: 직업 (jikeop)
  • Kurdish: pîşe, meslek, mihne, hokar, kariyer, profesyon, پیشه‌
  • Portuguese: ocupação
  • Russian: занятие
  • Spanish: ocupación
  • Swedish: sysselsättning
act, process or state of possessing a place
  • Greek: κατάληψη (katálipsi)
  • Italian: occupazione
situation where a country or region is occupied
  • Czech: obsazení , okupace
  • Dutch: bezetting
  • Finnish: miehitys
  • French: occupation
  • Greek: κατοχή (katochí)
  • Hebrew:
  • Italian: occupazione
  • Kurdish: dagirî , dagirkerî ,

Extensive Definition

Occupation may refer to:
In '''business:
In a '''military context:
occupation in Thai: อาชีพ

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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