occupy

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. hold, inhabit, keep, fill, tenant, have; take, beset, garrison; interest, engage, engross, busy, employ. See abode, attention, business, presence.
II
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To take possession]
Syn. conquer, take over, invade; see obtain 1 , seize 2 .
2. [To fill space]
Syn. remain, tenant, reside, live in, hold, take up, pervade, keep, own, be in command, extend, control, fill an office, maintain, involve, permeate; see also fill 2 , sit 2 .
Ant. empty*, remove, move.
3. [To absorb attention]
Syn. engage, employ, engross, attend, monopolize, fill, interest, immerse, arrest, absorb, take up, utilize, involve, employ one's time in, keep busy, busy, be active with, be concerned with; see also fascinate .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
1. engage busy, preoccupy, engross, absorb, employ, divert, entertain.
2. inhabit live in, settle, take, reside in, take up residence.
3. conquer seize, overthrow, possess, defeat, take over, subjugate, rule.
ANT.: 1. disengage, make idle, bore. 2. vacate, *fly the coop, leave, relinquish. 3. retreat, relinquish, evacuate
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To live in (a place), as does a people: inhabit, people, populate. See PLACE. 2. To seize and move into by force: take over. See ATTACK. 3. To cause to be busy or in use: engage, monopolize, preempt, tie up. See ACTION, USED. 4. To make busy: busy, employ, engage. See ACTION. 5. To get and hold the attention of: engage, involve. See EXCITE.

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