occupy oneself

occupy (oneself)

To keep oneself busy or distracted (by doing something). A: "It might take a while for this to finish up." B: "Don't worry about me, I can occupy myself." The children like to occupy themselves by reading.
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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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Ibn 'Abdul-Barr said in his book, Jaami'Bayaanil-'Ilm wa Fadlihi (2/138-139) "A group of the people of knowledge said, 'The opinion (Ra'y)t hat is blameworthy, criticised, abandoned and which it is not allowed to look into, nor to occupy oneself with, is innovated opinion and its like from the innovated types.
The ability to appropriately and safely occupy oneself during free time affects not only the adaptation to residential settings, but also success in work settings (Van Bourgondien & Woods, 1992).