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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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In the case of Occupy, no one at the top instilled rules and regulations for how the Occupy brand was used.
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Another Occupy Eugene member, Terry Purvis, said people will be able to access basic medical services at the tent - from wound care to obtaining a diagnosis of a lingering health problem.
6) Regarding its demographical composition, there is indeed a large presence of white college participants in Occupy who call for the immediate elimination of student debt.
Jason Eldridge of Occupy Worcester was at Clark last night to support the campus effort and try to persuade students to join the Occupy Worcester movement.
The name Occupy refers to the group's intention to occupy the area in which it is protesting for an undetermined amount of time.
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The Occupy Wall Street movement is a response by the people because government has become of, by, and for the 1 percent.
A year ago this week, Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters were reluctantly decamping from New York's Zucotti Park, having become a daily fixture to droves of inconvenienced financial district commuters since mid-September when the movement was born.
Riot police then cleared the streets and the crowd began to dissipate, leading to skirmishes with some members in the Occupy group.
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The Bronx Children's Psychiatric Center will occupy the entire third floor of the 107,000 s/f building.
Israel does now occupy southern Lebanon and the Golan Heights.
The Occupy movement received praised from an unlikely source as a senior official from the Bank of England said the protestors had a key role role in the overhaul of the financial sector.