noun, plural oc·cu·pan·cies.
- the act, state, or condition of being or becoming a tenant or of living in or taking up quarters or space in or on something: Continued occupancy of the office depends on a rent reduction.
- the possession or tenancy of a property: You can have occupancy on June 1st.
- the act of taking possession, as of a property.
- the term during which one is an occupant.
- the condition of being occupied: Occupancy of the auditorium is limited to 1200 people.
- the use to which property is put.
- exercise of dominion over property that has no owner so as to become the legal owner.
noun plural -cies
- the act of occupying; possession of a property
- law the possession and use of property by or without agreement and without any claim to ownership
- law the act of taking possession of unowned property, esp land, with the intent of thus acquiring ownership
- the condition or fact of being an occupant, esp a tenant
- the period of time during which one is an occupant, esp of property
n.1590s, “condition of being an occupant;” from occupant + -cy. Meaning “fact of occupying” is from 1833; that of “proportion of available space that is occupied” is attested by 1974.