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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Perhaps, though, she would not notice my shoes at all, since it may reasonably be supposed that countesses do not greatly occupy themselves with footgear, especially with the footgear of civil service officials (footgear may differ from footgear, it must be remembered).
It is only when these instincts are satisfied that they consent to occupy themselves with the entertainment which is provided for them by writers, painters, and poets."
The mere supposition of such a thing being possible would excite their indignation, and yet the whole population of Typee did little else for ten days but occupy themselves with that childish amusement, fairly screaming, too, with the delight it afforded them.
But in France they are considered in very bad taste; there are gendarmes who occupy themselves with such affairs, judges who condemn, and scaffolds which avenge." Bertuccio clasped his hands, and as, in all these evolutions, he did not let fall the lantern, the light showed his pale and altered countenance.
But further reflection told her that she was presumptuous in demanding his attention to such a subject; he would not disapprove of her occupying herself with it in leisure moments, as other women expected to occupy themselves with their dress and embroidery--would not forbid it when--Dorothea felt rather ashamed as she detected herself in these speculations.
"Raila Odinga does not believe that three years into an election expected in 2022 who is running, who is ahead, who is behind, who is going to win, what are the odds and who will lose is the priority the Press should force Kenyans to occupy themselves with," read the statement."It undermines meticulous efforts to help the country address delicate issues facing it, like violent elections every five years, runaway corruption, troubles in the counties, reforms to education and endangered national values.
He told the BBC: "We try and calm the bees down by squirting a fine spray of water on them, which literally just gives them something else to occupy themselves with other than these two burly blokes trying to rip them out of their home.
'Those who derive pleasure in spreading fake information had better occupy themselves with more productive endeavours that are obviously more relevant to nation-building.'
But while they occupy themselves with partisan politics, Republicans will just keep on clearing the tracks and letting the American economy roll on ahead.
"Religious platforms should not be misused, nor should they occupy themselves with politics or elections," he said.
"We urged them to stop destroying Russian-American relations and undermining international law, and to occupy themselves with solving problems that have arisen not due to any fault of our own," a statement from the Russian foreign ministry at the conclusion of the first day of a two-day summit said, RT reported.
He said that the decision-makers in the Kurdistan region occupy themselves with some side remarks, rather than an end to their differences soon.
They occupy themselves with endless reruns of Friends or they spend their leisure time with their noses in phones, iPads and video games.
GIVEN the magnitude of the political earthquake of the outcome of the referendum, and the ensuing chaos that has engulfed both the Government and the Labour Party, it is perhaps understandable that Newcastle's Labour MPs and their North East colleagues have had a lot to occupy themselves with in the last few days.
LITTLE KIBUNGAN KIDS -- Children, not even born yet when a landslide killed 77 people in Little Kibungan, Benguet, six years ago, occupy themselves with play as their elders discuss the situation of their evacuated community still awaiting resettlement in Tawang, La Trinidad, promised by the government.