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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 (someone or oneself) by (doing something)

To keep oneself or someone else 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 by reading." Dan's occupying the kids by showing them different bugs in the back yard.
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occupy (someone or oneself) with (something)

To keep oneself or someone else busy or distracted with some activity or thing. A: "It might take a while for this to finish up." B: "Don't worry about me, I can occupy myself with a book." Dan's occupying the kids with a bug hunt in the back yard.
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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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And measures taken against the church could be followed by a similar approach against the Islamic Awqaf in occupied Jerusalem.
As many as 22,864 Kashmiri women were widowed and 11,026 were raped by the occupied forces in last over two decades.
Addressing the meeting, the KCEU Chairman, Ali Raza Syed, condemned the killing of two students, Suhail Javaid Lone and Javaid Ahmad Butt, who were killed by the Indian troops by opening indiscriminate fire on civilians in Shopian area of occupied Kashmir on Saturday.
The sources added that the Israeli Occupied Forces closed all the roads leading from the occupied Palestine to prevent the arrival of hundreds of Arab citizens to the occupied Golan to support the people in Hadar.
The GeelyEmgrand 7 occupied the secondposition and registered sales worth EGP 512m.
The resolution called upon Israel, as the occupying power, to immediately abolish its decision to annex the occupied Syrian Golan, considering all legislative procedures and administrative measures adopted by Israel with the aim of changing the features of the occupied Syrian Golan and its legal status as null and void and without international legal effect as they constitute a flagrant violation of the international law and the Geneva Convention related to the protection of civilian persons in times of war.
The legal regime to enter and exit the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine, provided for by the legislation of Ukraine, will be in force until the sovereignty of Ukraine is fully restored over the temporarily occupied territory.
The resolution asserted the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and the people of of the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources, including land, water and energy resources, and demanded that 'Israel' cease the exploitation, damage, cause of loss or depletion and endangerment of the natural resources in the occupied Palestinian territory.
A new 3,000 s/f, 10-year lease at 2080 Lakeville Road, New Hyde Park, NY occupied by Not Just Lube and owned by SKPT Realty, Inc.
Tehran "expresses its opposition to the proposed plan and is certain the occupying Zionist regime will utterly not agree to withdraw from the occupied lands," Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi said Sunday.
Ayrshire and Arran Ayr Hospital, 348 beds, 346 occupied, 99 per cent; Crosshouse Hospital, 439 beds, 406 occupied, 93 per cent.
For example, not only is the physical space occupied by Wall Street and its closely connected corporations indigenous Lenape territory, but Occupiers who claim to replace a corporate occupation with a so-called "people's" occupation are simply reoccupying violently usurped land, which, for those associated with indigenous communities, is another form of occupation by white people.
In France in 1968, for example, students occupied France's most prestigious art school and set up an ad hoc poster factory.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is to start transferring 12,000 tonnes of apples from the occupied Golan to Syria proper on 15 February.
GENEVA, May 25, 2010 (WAFA)- The Sixty-third World Health Assembly, expressed its deep concern at the health crisis and rising levels of food insecurity in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT), particularly in the Gaza Strip.