What is occupation?

  • (noun): Any activity that occupies a person's attention.
    Example: "He missed the bell in his occupation with the computer game"
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "occupation":

  • (noun): The period of time during which a place or position or nation is occupied.
    Example: "During the German occupation of Paris"
  • (noun): The act of occupying or taking possession of a building.
    Example: "Occupation of a building without a certificate of occupancy is illegal"
    Synonyms: occupancy, taking possession, moving in
  • (noun): The control of a country by military forces of a foreign power.
    Synonyms: military control

Famous quotes containing the word occupation:

    It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do. Wasting time is merely an occupation then, and a most exhausting one. Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen.
    Jerome K. Jerome (1859–1927)

    For myself I found that the occupation of a day-laborer was the most independent of any, especially as it required only thirty or forty days in a year to support one. The laborer’s day ends with the going down of the sun, and he is then free to devote himself to his chosen pursuit, independent of his labor; but his employer, who speculates from month to month, has no respite from one end of the year to the other.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    Parenting, as an unpaid occupation outside the world of public power, entails lower status, less power, and less control of resources than paid work.
    Nancy Chodorow, U.S. professor, and sociologist. The Reproduction of Mothering Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Gender, ch. 2 (1978)