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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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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References in classic literature ?
For the present we must occupy ourselves with our departure."
We can so occupy ourselves with the holy and atmospheric things of heaven that we forget how our nearness to him is better measured by our distance from those who subsist at the peripheries of society, the people who are close to God.
Thanks to them we can all enjoy life and occupy ourselves with the ups and downs of the modern-day teams we follow.
Great portion of the reports has been already written and the most important part is written in the summer when instead of reforms, we are to occupy ourselves with elections.
The world as already unveiled in advance is such that we do not in fact specifically occupy ourselves with it or apprehend it, but instead, it is so self-evident, so much a matter of course, that we are completely oblivious to it.
The rest of us, however, can occupy ourselves with the pursuit of the many smaller and less conspicuous - but very interesting - constellations and asterisms.
All of this will be a witness of another Macedonian failure, on how we reached the bottom and instead of boasting with real results, we will occupy ourselves with the question- who started first?