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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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Offices 2020 covers the main issues and challenges that occupiers, investors and developers will need to consider over the next decade, including sustainability, location, asset management, building obsolescence, technology, working practices, fit-out and finance.
The result will be a shortage of supply in the market which may, in the medium term, push values up on existing stock as occupiers in the market compete for the same buildings.
The outlook for the next six months suggests further improvement in terms of business output, employment and occupier demand for all types of commercial property.
But demand is also robust for mid-size and cross-dock facilities in both prime and second-tier locations as occupiers seek to optimise their distribution networks across the UK.
This model evolved considerably during the early years of the recession, with landlords looking for opportunities to mitigate the cost of empty properties more willing to accept occupiers on short term leases.
He will oversee the business planning and day-to-day operational functions of the Global Occupier Services group.
With this Grade A office supply shortage, Cluttons anticipate an upturn in build-to-suit options as occupiers are forced to explore secondary solutions.
Developers who have persisted and delivered high-end projects in established business districts are now looking to capitalise on current and future occupier demand.
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.
50 per sq ft, driven by traditional West End occupiers moving east taking advantage of better availability and lower rents.
As a member of the Cushman & Wakefield national occupier team, I have a sound understanding of large occupiers' needs and have significant experience in sourcing ideal office locations.
Mark Watkins, development surveyor for St Modwen, said: "Whitley Business Park has consistently attracted occupier interest since its launch with occupiers here ranging from business energy consultants GET Solutions UK Ltd to electrical manufacturer Cooper Crouse-Hinds and Jaguar Land Rover.
Let's annoy the American occupier," the Shiite cleric noted.
world hear that Iraq still rejects the occupier and the vice," he said, urging
The letter from Scottish Power was addressed to: The Occupier, Public Convenience, Talybont, North Wales.