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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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Deploring the incidents involving lack of respect and protection for Palestinian ambulances and medical personnel by the Israeli army, which have led to casualties among Palestinian medical personnel, as well as the restrictions on their movements imposed by Israel, the occupying power, in violation of international humanitarian law;
Israel captured East Jerusalem with the rest of the West Bank in the 1967 war and began occupying both Palestinian territories thereafter.
One passenger occupying a seat for one hour results in one occupied seat-hour.
Notice the second sentence of Paragraph 356: "It is sufficient that the occupying force can, within a reasonable time, send detachments of troops to make its authority felt within the occupied district.
Accounting giant, Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP has added 16,000 s/f to its already formidable presence in Times Square South, with the company now occupying over 100,000 s/f at 1375 Broadway.
In general, the international law of belligerent occupation, as reflected in the Hague Regulations, requires states occupying territory as a result of war to abide by the core principle that an occupant may administer the territory that it occupies in a manner that fulfills the needs of the occupying force, acquiring de facto but not sovereign authority over the occupied territory while respecting the interests of the occupied inhabitants.
Only a month earlier, Granite Loan Management moved into the same building occupying 11,500 square feet under a 60-month lease agreement.
India was acting upon her traditional hostile policy of curbing the voice of the Muslim population of the occupied state for raising voice against the continued human rights abuses and state terrorism by Indian occupying forces in the Muslim-dominated Kashmir valley in particularly, Raja Zulqarnain said.
The three-story office property was purchased by Front Street Enterprise LLC, a current tenant in the building occupying approximately 20,000 square feet of space.
In what follows, I will focus only on Palestine which Israel succeeded in completely occupying after the 1967 war.
Farm Fresh, a supermarket occupying 49% of the net rentable area (NRA), vacated in 1998, but continues to make lease payments; their lease expires in 2005.
The landlord refused to renew the corporate lease based on the fact that Ole Pa was not occupying the apartment as its primary tenant.
Dropping such positions at this stage would be tantamount to forsaking international law and international legitimacy and effectively allowing the illegal, de facto situation created by Israel, the Occupying Power, to prevail when the time for negotiation arrives.
Farm Fresh, a supermarket occupying 49% of the NRA, vacated in 1998, but continues to make lease payments.
Elsewhere in the city, Lehman Brothers--who rented space in the World Trade Center--is reportedly occupying a Sheraton.