Readings & Meanings:
to divine, divination, to occupy/hold a seat
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占 is kind of a radical in its own right, but let's just break it down for fun. 卜 means divination. When I saw this kanji, I first thought, "ト?" but it's not the katakana. My next thought was "Divining rod?" and that was a good guess, but no. 卜 is a pictograph of a crack in a bone or skull that was burned in the seer's rites. It's on top of 口. Therefore, telling the future.
Divination was used as it was in Greece: you should only pick a piece of land if the divination for that land was good. Thereby 占 gained the meaning of "to occupy."
Let's remember this kanji through another kanji: 店. みせ is 占 framed in a roof and a wall. Therefore, the shop occupies a certain space to do business in.