occupy oneself

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 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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The ability to appropriately and safely occupy oneself during free time affects not only the adaptation to residential settings, but also success in work settings (Van Bourgondien & Woods, 1992).