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oc·cu·pa·tion  (ky-pshn)
a. An activity that serves as ones regular source of livelihood; a vocation.
b. An activity engaged in especially as a means of passing time; an avocation.
a. The act or process of holding or possessing a place.
b. The state of being held or possessed.
a. Invasion, conquest, and control of a nation or territory by foreign armed forces.
b. The military government exercising control over an occupied nation or territory.

[Middle English occupacioun, from Old French occupacion, from Latin occupti, occuptin-, from occuptus, past participle of occupre, to occupy; see occupy.]

occupation  /kypen/  n. 1 ones means of making a living, job: Her occupation is as a doctor. 2 any activity on which you spend time: Her chief occupation at that time was reading. 3 taking possession of s.t.: The enemys occupation of the city lasted a year.

Thesaurus: occupation 1 employment, work 2 an interest, pastime 3 control, subjugation frml.

Usage Note: The most common way to ask about a persons occupation is, What do you do?, not What is your occupation? occupation

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