occupy (someone or oneself) with (something)

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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 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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References in classic literature ?
It is true, next week I shall have languid moods, when I can well afford to occupy myself with foreign objects; then I shall regret the lost literature of your mind, and wish you were by my side again.
"To be honest with you, I already have a lot of other things to occupy myself with at the moment."
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Also, I can't ever sit idle I'm a man filled to the brim with nervous energy so I occupy myself with all things creative.
I was happy that I could occupy myself with routine works for the day.
I started to feel anxious and depressed because I had nothing to occupy myself with. I was used to getting rushes from male attention and the drama of dating, staying over at their houses, turning up to work in yesterday's clothes - it was all part of the buzz.
A passionate hobby definitely helps and I turn to music, swimming and walks to unwind, other times I occupy myself with kids activities of which there is an exhaustive list," Menezes adds.
She said: "I was looking for something to occupy myself with apart from babytalk."
The exemplary simplicity of the faith of the psalmist is apparent: "I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me." Instead, he has chosen simply to put his trust and hope in Yahweh, eschewing the need to understand everything completely.
'I've started doing computer lessons and am trying to occupy myself with that,' she said.
I mean I always loved acting but I always had other things to occupy myself with. Now I haven't, it's my sole thing.
"Apart from that, we've had Christmas and New Year, so there has been plenty to occupy myself with. It has meant I've not really noticed that I don't actually have a job.