Settle vs Occupy - What's the difference?

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In obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between settle and occupy

is that settle is (obsolete) a place made lower than the rest; a wide step or platform lower than some other part while occupy is (obsolete) to use; to expend; to make use of.

As verbs the difference between settle and occupy

is that settle is to place in a fixed or permanent condition; to make firm, steady, or stable; to establish; to fix; especially, to establish in life; to fix in business, in a home etc while occupy is (label) to take or use time.

As a noun settle

is (archaic) a seat of any kind.

settle

English

(Webster 1913)

Verb

(settl)
  • To place in a fixed or permanent condition; to make firm, steady, or stable; to establish; to fix; especially, to establish in life; to fix in business, in a home etc.
  • * And he settled his countenance steadfastly upon him,until he was ashamed. --2 Kings VIII. 11. (Rev. Ver.)
  • *
  • (transitive, obsolete, US) To establish in the pastoral office; to ordain or install as pastor or rector of a church, society, or parish.
  • To cause to be no longer in a disturbed condition; to quieten; to still; to calm; to compose.
  • * (George Chapman)
  • God settled then the huge whale-bearing lake.
  • * (John Bunyan)
  • Hoping that sleep might settle his brains.
  • To clear or purify (a liquid) of dregs and impurities by causing them to sink
  • To restore (ground, roads etc.) or bring to a smooth, dry, or passable condition
  • To cause to sink; to lower
  • To determine, as something which is exposed to doubt or question; to free from uncertainty
  • * (Jonathan Swift)
  • It will settle the wavering, and confirm the doubtful.
  • To pacify (a discussion, quarrel).
  • (archaic) To adjust (accounts); to liquidate; to balance.
  • (colloquial) To pay.
  • to settle a bill
  • To colonize; to move people to (a land or territory).
  • To become fixed, permanent or stationary; to establish one's self or itself
  • * (Francis Bacon)
  • The wind came about and settled in the west.
  • * (John Arbuthnot)
  • Chyleruns through all the intermediate colors until it settles in an intense red.
  • To fix one's residence; to establish a dwelling place or home.
  • To become married, or a householder.
  • * (Matthew Prior)
  • As people marry now and settle .
  • To be established in a profession or in employment.
  • To become firm, dry, and hard, like the ground after the effects of rain or frost have disappeared.
  • To become clear after being unclear or vague
  • * (Joseph Addison)
  • A government, on such occasions, is always thick before it settles .
  • To sink to the bottom of a body of liquid, for example dregs of a liquid, or the sediment of a reservoir.
  • To sink gradually to a lower level; to subside, for example the foundation of a house, etc.
  • To become calm; to stop being agitated
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • Till the fury of his highness settle , Come not before him.
  • To adjust differences or accounts; to come to an agreement.
  • (obsolete) To make a jointure for a wife.
  • * (Samuel Garth)
  • He sighs with most success that settles well.

    Synonyms

    * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l)

    Antonyms

    * (to place in a fixed or permanent condition) remove * (l) * (l) * (l)

    Derived terms

    * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (archaic) A seat of any kind.
  • * Hampole
  • upon the settle of his majesty
  • A long bench, often with a high back and arms, with storage space underneath for linen.
  • (obsolete) A place made lower than the rest; a wide step or platform lower than some other part.
  • * Bible, Ezekiel xliii. 14
  • And from the bottom upon the ground, even to the lower settle , shall be two cubits, and the breadth one cubit.

    occupy

    English

    Verb

    (en-verb)
  • (label) To take or use time.
  • # To fill time.
  • #*
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=8 , passage=I corralled the judge, and we started off across the fields, in no very mild state of fear of that gentleman's wife, whose vigilance was seldom relaxed. And thus we came by a circuitous route to Mohair, the judge occupied by his own guilty thoughts, and I by others not less disturbing.}}
  • # To possess or use the time or capacity of; to engage the service of.
  • # To fill or hold (an official position or role).
  • # To hold the attention of.
  • (label) To take or use space.
  • # To fill space.
  • # To live or reside in.
  • #* (Washington Irving) (1783-1859)
  • The better apartments were already occupied .
  • #*
  • With fresh material, taxonomic conclusions are leavened by recognition that the material examined reflects the site it occupied ; a herbarium packet gives one only a small fraction of the data desirable for sound conclusions. Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you get
  • # (military) To have, or to have taken, possession or control of (a territory).
  • #* 1940 , in The China monthly review , volumes 94-95, page 370 [http://books.google.com/books?id=QqkTAAAAIAAJ&q=%22occupy+but+cannot+hold%22&dq=%22occupy+but+cannot+hold%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=OB6HT4_zC4e68ASF1-jNCA&ved=0CDQQ6AEwAA]:
  • The Japanese can occupy but cannot hold, and what they can hold they cannot hold long, was the opinion of General Pai Chung-hsi, Chief of the General Staff of the Chinese Army,
  • #* 1975 , Esmé Cecil Wingfield-Stratford, King Charles and King Pym, 1637-1643 , page 330 [http://books.google.com/books?ei=ex2HT9-GK5D69gTJqNjdCA&id=VCwqAAAAYAAJ&dq=%22occupied+but+could+not+hold%22&q=%22occupied+but+could%22#search_anchor]:
  • Rupert, with his usual untamable energy, was scouring the country — but at first in the wrong direction, that of Aylesbury, another keypoint in the outer ring of Oxford defences, which he occupied but could not hold.
  • #* 1983 , Arthur Keppel-Jones, Rhodes and Rhodesia: The White Conquest of Zimbabwe, 1884-1902 , page 462:
  • One of the rebel marksmen, who had taken up position on a boulder, was knocked off it by the recoil of his weapon every time he fired. Again the attack achieved nothing. Positions were occupied , but could not be held.
  • #* 1991 , Werner Spies, John William Gabriel, Max Ernst collages: the invention of the surrealist universe , page 333:
  • Germany occupied France for three years while France struggled to make payments that were a condition of surrender.
  • #* 2006 , John Michael Francis, Iberia and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History , page 496:
  • Spain occupied , but could not populate, and its failure to expand Florida led Britain to consider the peninsula a logical extension of its colonial holdings.
  • # (surveying) To place the theodolite or total station at (a point).
  • (obsolete) To have sexual intercourse with.Sidney J. Baker, The Australian Language , second edition, 1966.
  • * 1590s , (William Shakespeare), , II.iv
  • God's light, these villains will make the word as odious as the word 'occupy ;' which was an excellent good word before it was ill sorted
  • * 1867 , (Robert Nares) A Glossary
  • OCCUPY, [sensu obsc.] To possess, or enjoy.
  • *:: These villains will make the word captain, as odious as the word occupy''. ''2 Hen. IV , ii, 4.
  • *:: Groyne, come of age, his state sold out of hand
  • *:: For 's whore; Groyne still doth occupy'' his land. ''B. Jons. Epigr. , 117.
  • *:: Many, out of their own obscene apprehensions, refuse proper and fit words, as occupy'', nature, and the like. ''Ibid., Discoveries , vol. vii, p. 119.
  • It is so used also in Rowley's New Wonder, Anc. Dr., v, 278.
  • (obsolete) To do business in; to busy oneself with.
  • * Bible, (w) xxvii. 9
  • All the ships of the sea, with their mariners, were in thee to occupy the merchandise.
  • * 1551 , (in Latin), 1516
  • not able to occupy their old crafts
  • (obsolete) To use; to expend; to make use of.
  • * Bible, (w) xxxviii. 24
  • all the gold that was occupied for the work
  • * 1551 , (in Latin), 1516
  • They occupy not money themselves.

    Synonyms

    * (to possess or use the time or capacity of) employ, busy

    Derived terms

    * occupier * occupation

    See also

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    References

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