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Occupation appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Dr. Johnson and Mr. Johnson, after great consideration, came to the conclusion that the Indian nation beyond the Indian Ocean is back in education because the chief occupation is cultivation.

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun occupation:


Occupation is a member of the word family occupy, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

Definition of the noun occupation

What does occupation mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: occupations

  1. the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
  2. the control of a country by military forces of a foreign power
  3. any activity that occupies a person's attention
    • example: he missed the bell in his occupation with the computer game
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: activity = any specific behavior
  4. the act of occupying or taking possession of a building
    • example: occupation of a building without a certificate of occupancy is illegal
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of occupation: moving in / occupancy
    • more generic words: acquiring / getting = the act of acquiring something
    • more specific words: preoccupation / preoccupancy = the act of taking occupancy before someone else does
  5. the period of time during which a place or position or nation is occupied
    • example: during the German occupation of Paris
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • more generic terms: period / period of time / time period = an amount of time

Alternative definition of the noun occupation


  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.


  1. Occupation is a BAFTA Award–winning three part drama serial broadcast by BBC One in June 2009. It was written by Peter Bowker and has been produced by Kudos for BBC Northern Ireland.
  2. Occupation is a TV program.


"Occupation" is a book by Marguerite Cullman.

  • also known as "Occupation: angel"


"Occupation" is a composition.


Occupation is an Horse.


  1. occupation a.k.a. Sit-in: A sit-in or sit-down is a form of direct action that involves one or more people occupying an area for a protest, often to promote political, social, or economic change.
  2. Occupation: What the character does for a living.

Phrases with Occupation

  1. occupation licence
  2. occupation license

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Occupation

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Google previewSupreme Court Appellate Division-First Department Papers O Appeal from Order

and whose occupation is that of a patent attorney. Claude T. Borraidale, who resides at 145 Pinnacle Road, Rochester, N. Y., and whose occupation is that of purchasing agent ...

Google previewPalau (2009)

Detailed Assessment Report on Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism by International Monetary Fund

Casinos classified as “OTC exchange dealers” whose sole occupation is that of an OTC exchange dealer and who are not otherwise licensed by the FIC as a financial institution are required to conduct CDD under Section 15(b) of the MLPCA.

Google previewOccupational Hazards (2010)

Success and Failure in Military Occupation by David M. Edelstein

Military occupation is a difficult challenge because both sides—the occupied population and the occupying power—want the occupation to end as quickly as possible, but successful occupation often takes a long time and consumes ...

Google previewA Guide to Buying Or Selling a House in South Africa (2005)

by Jill Fish

Occupation is the right to live on the property.

Google previewAdvances in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (2005)

9th Pacific-Asia Conference, PAKDD 2005, Hanoi, Vietnam, May 18-20, 2005, Proceedings by Tu Bao Ho, David Cheung, Huan Liu

Introduction Occupation is a very important attribute in sociology.

This classification task by researchers is called occupation coding, which must be conducted immediately and accurately to statistically process occupations data as well as ...

Google previewInternational Law (1920)

A Treatise by Lassa Oppenheim, Ronald Roxburgh

Occupation is the act of appropriation by a Concep- State through which it intentionally acquires sove- oooupl- reignty over such territory as is at...

Google previewHeadquarters Army Civilian Personnel System: HQ ACPERS Data Element Dictionary, December 2000

FILE DATA ELEMENT TITLE TYPE DE NAME DIN LNGTH PAGE Nature of Action Code 2 Obligation Expires Date SEE: Date Obligation Expires Obligation Identification Occupation Code Occupation Skills Group 1 Occupation Skills Group 2 ...

Google previewA Lexicon of Economics (2014)

by Kenyon A. Knopf

OCCUPATION TAX A tax levied by government on people engaged in specified occupations.

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Scandinavian Cinema (2012)

by John Sundholm, Isak Thorsen, Lars Gustaf Andersson

The part of the working-class boy who takes part in the resistance against the German occupation earned Kaas a Bodil, as well as a Robert, for Best Supporting Actor. From 1994–1998, Kaas studied at the Danish National School of Theater.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Texas (2001)

by Nancy Capace


Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Postwar Japan (2011)

by William D. Hoover

August: Allied Occupation begins and United States forces arrive in Tokyo and fleet at Yokosuka. President Harry S. Truman approves Initial Post-Surrender Policy for Japan. 30 August: General Douglas MacArthur receives guidelines to ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of White Power (2000)

A Sourcebook on the Radical Racist Right by Jeffrey Kaplan

ZIONIST OCCUPATION GOVERNMENT (ZOG) The Zionist Occupation Government discourse is at once the most caricatured and the most characteristic facet of the American radical right wing today. Moreover, the ZOG conception has found ...

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Quotes about Occupation

The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind. (H.L. Mencken)
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Scrabble value of O1C3C3U1P3A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 10-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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