n. The act of occupying or taking possession; a holding or keeping; possession; tenure.n. The state of being occupied or employed in any way; employment; use: as, occupation with important affairs.n. That to which one's time and attention are habitually devoted; habitual or stated employment; vocation; calling; trade; business.n. Use; benefit; profit.n. Consumption; waste.n. Synonyms Occupation, Calling, Vocation, Employment, Pursuit, Business, Trade, Craft, Profession, Office. In regard to what a person does as a regular work or a means of earning a livelihood, occupation is that which occupies or takes up his time, strength, and thought; calling and vocation are high words, indicating that one is called by Providence to a particular line of work; calling is Anglo-Saxon and familiar, and vocation is Latin and lofty (the words are not always used in the higher sense of divine appointment or the call of duty, but it is much better to save them for the expression of that idea); employment is essentially the same as occupation; pursuit is the line of work which one pursues or follows; business suggests something of the management of buying and selling; trade and profession stand over against each other for the less and more intellectual pursuits, as the trade of a carpenter, the profession of an architect; trade is different from a trade, the latter being skill in some handicraft: as, being obliged to learn a trade, he chose that of a blacksmith; the “learned professions” used to be law, medicine, and the ministry, but the number is now increased; craft is an old word for a trade; office suggests the idea of duties to be performed for others. See avocation, 5.