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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Occupation \Oc`cu*pa"tion\, n. [L. occupatio: cf. F. occupation.] 1. The act or process of occupying or taking possession; actual possession and control; the state of being occupied; a holding or keeping; tenure; use; as, the occupation of lands by a tenant. [1913 Webster] 2. That which occupies or engages the time and attention. [1913 Webster +PJC] 3. Specfically: The principal business of one's life; the principal work by which one earns one's livelihood; vocation; employment; profession; calling; trade; avocation; as, these days many people continue to practice their occupation well into their seventies. [1913 Webster +PJC] Absence of occupation is not rest. --Cowper. [1913 Webster] Occupation bridge (Engin.), a bridge connecting the parts of an estate separated by a railroad, a canal, or an ordinary road. [1913 Webster] Syn: Occupancy; possession; tenure; use; employment; avocation; engagement; vocation; calling; office; trade; profession. [1913 Webster]