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

v.
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 ?
Occupy yourself with that this evening instead of kicking your heels at The Springs!'
Pay no attention to it; you have nothing to occupy yourself with but being happy."
Let someone else take over your duties while you occupy yourself with more enjoyable tasks.
Tip into a suitable baking dish and set to one side while you occupy yourself with the Mornay sauce; toast the pimenton and cumin in a dry pan to release all the flavour, tip into a small bowl and reserve.
If you can't get away, occupy yourself with activities you only do on rare occasions.
You put everything aside and occupy yourself with the Erdoy-an family.
Focus on school and occupy yourself with activities.
Make daily to-do lists, plan your meals and try to occupy yourself with passions you enjoy that are not tied to eating.
You can flail about at will, or occupy yourself with old photographs, or let your thoughts mingle with the words in a book, something Melville wrote on a bad day, perhaps.
Why on earth can't you occupy yourself with something?' 'What's the matter?' 'The matter?
Fungible deadlines, work that's more like freeform play, and a permanent excuse to occupy yourself with the impractical--it all sounds pretty interesting and unusual, doesn't it?
If you can occupy yourself with a DIY task or the like, this can actually be a good way of utilising this very precise energy.
Boredom is relieved with activity, so next time try to occupy yourself with something unrelated to food, such as going for a walk or doing some housework.
There is plenty of space, wonderful fields to play football in, and always lots of simple things to occupy yourself with.
There's no compulsion, however, to leave the ship when it docks -- you can occupy yourself with the on board facilities which include two swimming pools, a fully equipped gym, a running track, deck games, a casino and a cinema or you could just sit in the outdoor jacuzzi and contemplate the possibilities while sipping a rum punch from the pool bar.