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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After erecting a shelter, the trio began to occupy themselves by playing cards, singing along to Christmas carols on their radio, and drinking lots of coffee.
All good reporters, in this view, should mistrust official explanations, and reporters should occupy themselves by digging for things that established institutions do not want us to know.