occupy (someone or oneself) by (doing something)

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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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Pakistan, June 13 -- After getting married and moving from Lahore to Karachi, I used to occupy myself by spending time in the kitchen.
Knowing that the old man would not let me out I decided to occupy myself by sorting out these cluttered rooms.