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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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 American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Under the new regime, the registered owner has the opportunity to submit a counter-notice to the application, requiring the occupier to satisfy one of the following conditions: | The occupier has relied on an assurance of the owner, and it would be unconscionable for the owner to withdraw the assurance; | The occupier is for some other reason entitled to be registered as the owner; or | There is a question over the boundary, where the land in question is adjacent to land owned by the occupier.
When asked about their occupational strategy, occupiers overwhelmingly referenced the term "flexibility" in the context of their selection criteria, both in terms of lease length and increasingly in reference to options to either decrease or increase commitment to space in the run-up to practical completion.
Existing occupiers at the Oozells Building include Free Radio and Odgers Berndtson which has recently taken an extension to its existing space at the building
The occupier of an immovable property shall owe such a duty to all persons who are, and to the owner of any property which is, lawfully in or upon or so near to such immovable property as in the usual course of things to be affected by the negligence.
For businesses, the current dynamics of demand and supply are supportive for occupiers, putting them firmly in the driving seat when they are looking at securing new accommodation or renegotiating contracts.
Graeme Haigh, of Bramleys in Huddersfield, also reported a preference among occupiers to buy rather than rent, adding: "While stock levels remain low, the number of new instructions is edging upward, which may help to take some of the heat out of the sales market by addressing the supply/ demand imbalance."
They were frightened and angered by the occupiers and now have to put their lives and communities back together, including repairing fractured relationships.
Global Occupier Services, which creates solutions for real estate portfolios, has more than doubled its revenue and earnings since becoming a major focus of C&W in 2010.
Buoyancy in the industrial market has seen occupier demand rise during the first quarter of 2014, with initial preparations for the World Expo 2020 beginning to take place around Al Maktoum international Airport and Jebel Ali Freezone.
That in turn has helped to drive office occupier demand, as witnessed in Business Bay and Jumeirah Lake Towers, for example.
By way of contrast, the picture in Brazil is rather more downbeat, particularly in the occupier market where the headline sentiment indicator dropped to -39 from -28.
“This change in occupier profile means that the Q3 figures for the City are relatively healthy and slightly higher than might have been anticipated despite traditional City occupiers adopting a wait and see policy on expansion.
In a separate development, the Jerusalem Magistrates' Court has remanded until June 12 the arrest of a Jewish occupier accused of murdering a Palestinian youth from the West Bank village of Iraq Burin in January.