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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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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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If not, then PISGA's authority comes from the Israeli military occupation forces, which in turn means that PISGA would be nothing more than an administrative branch or an executive branch of the Israeli occupying forces.
Military and civilian personnel of the occupying forces and occupation administration and persons accompanying them are not subject to the local law or to the jurisdiction of the local courts of the occupied territory unless expressly made subject thereto by a competent officer to the occupying forces or occupation administration.
As you can see clearly from the first sentence of paragraph 374, the laws of war would permit "civilian personnel of the occupying forces and occupation administration and persons accompanying them" to live on these Israeli military bases.
Under Article 55 of the Hague Regulations, an occupying state obtains the right to administer a state's immovable properties such as public buildings, real estate and forests "in accordance with the rules of usufruct.
In contrast to Article 55's treatment of state immovable properties, Article 53 enables an occupying force to appropriate state movables to the extent that those materials may be used for military operations.
Article 55 reads in full: "The occupying State shall be regarded only as an administrator and usufructuary of public buildings, real estate, forests, and agricultural estates belonging to the hostile State, and situated in the occupied country.
It was told to gain an admission from Israel that it was an occupying power, and hence by logical extension, it would have to yield the territories at some point to a Palestinian state even after a period of autonomy.
The defendants argued that the corporate lease should be interpreted to best serve the public interest, the landlord knew for more than 20 years that the Winters were occupying the apartment and that the lease should be reformed to correct the alleged mistake of failing to identify an intended occupant.
While still lacking enforcement power, the Assembly not only condemned Israel's failure to comply with earlier resolutions, but recommended to member states "that they actively discourage activities which directly contribute to any construction or development of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem; and demands that Israel, the occupying Power, make available to Member States the necessary information about goods produced or manufactured in the illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem.
During the early years of the Intifada, Israel found itself occupying the West Bank and Gaza but unable to rule there.
In turn this will correct the basic flaw introduced by both Madrid and Oslo, namely the failure of Israel to be acknowledged by these agreements as the occupying power.
Israel's annexation of Jerusalem, building of settlements, and refusal to reorganize its status as an occupying power constitute more than sufficient reasons to suspend the existing formal diplomatic relations.
Malloy, occupying 1,271 square feet on the third floor; Siemens Medical, occupying 4,598 square feet on the first floor; Dunhill Personnel, 1,941 square feet on the third floor; and Intel, 4,311 square feet on the third floor.
The ground floor was previously occupied by Hermans Sporting Goods with the 47th Street Photo occupying the second floor.
The claim of succession rights by the occupying family member was an affirmative defense which does not cast a burden upon the owner to disprove.