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noun occupation pronunciation in British English /ˌɒkjʊˈpeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a job. This word is used especially on forms and in formal writing
    Please give your name, address, and occupation.
    Approximately half the people interviewed were in manual occupations (=physical jobs).
  2. 2
    [countable] something that you do in your free time
    Walking is now Dad’s favourite occupation.
  3. 3
    [uncountable] the act of living or staying in a building, room, or other place
    The new homes will be ready for occupation in August.
    The room showed signs of human occupation.
  4. 4
    [uncountable] the action of going into a place and taking control away from the people or government there
    occupation of: the Roman occupation of Britain
    They have been living under the threat of occupation.
    The protesters voted to continue their occupation of the building.


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