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occupy oneself (by something)

to keep busy by doing something. Don't worry. I can occupy myself by knitting or sewing. While waiting, I occupied myself by knitting a scarf.
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occupy someone with something

to keep someone busy with something. Can you occupy the child with this toy? Here, occupy yourself with this crossword puzzle.
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occupy with

1. To fill, hold, or control some place through some set of things or people: The army occupied the town with their third division. The town built new office buildings and occupied them with workers from the health department.
2. To fill some period of time by engaging in or with something: I occupied my spare time with books. You'll never be able to occupy your entire morning with writing.
3. To engage someone in some activity or some object of attention: The teacher occupied the students with their science projects for the morning. During the cold winter afternoons, we occupied ourselves with card games.
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The accuser, who cannot be named, was living at home in south London during the week, and sleeping in her Occupy tent at weekends.
Additionally there are well-known songs that have been re-recorded and re-mastered and live-cuts for Occupy This Album.
Occupy Eugene member Alley Valkyrie said the medical tent "is definitely open to" anyone who needs to see a doctor - even people who have health insurance.
Using these criteria, one may position Occupy Wall Street and its local efforts as a large social movement.
The movement at Clark is in solidarity with the Occupy Worcester movement, and the goal is to expand throughout the city and region, students said.
Occupy Austin is one of many protests that have occurred nationwide after Occupy Wall Street began Sept.
The Federal Reserve of Richmond, Virginia had its own private security surveilling Occupy Tampa and Tampa Veterans for Peace and passing privately-collected information on activists
There are millions of people who want to engage with Occupy and they don't know where to go," said New York filmmaker David Sauvage, the co-founder of Occupy.
Last week, as at least 500 anti-capitalism protesters were arrested in clashes between the US police and Occupy Oakland protesters.
The Occupy Wall Street movement is a response by the people because government has become of, by, and for the 1 percent.
Lubert-Adler Real Estate Funds, a private equity real estate investment firm, has signed a long-term lease agreement to occupy approximately 58,000 square feet.
In the two-an--a half weeks since the storm ravaged the coastal edges of Gotham's five boroughs, sweeping away cars and knocking down power lines, tearing roofs and facades clear off waterfront homes and businesses while drowning others in waist-deep waters, an incarnation of the embattled Occupy community has emerged as an unlikely hero of relief efforts in the city.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Tensions remained high in Oakland, California, as at least 500 anti-capitalism protesters were arrested in clashes between US police and Occupy Oakland protesters.
17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Occupy Wall Street supporters are largely college-educated liberals who support gay marriage and higher taxes for the rich, according to a recent survey.
The Occupy Eugene protest group, currently encamped in Alton Baker Park, will be allowed to stay there or possibly at another city park until Dec.