adjective va·cant \ˈvā-kənt\

: not filled, used, or lived in

of a job or position : not occupied by a person : available to be taken by someone

: showing no indication of what someone is thinking, feeling, etc.

Full Definition of VACANT

:  not occupied by an incumbent, possessor, or officer <a vacant office> <vacant thrones>
:  being without content or occupant <a vacant seat on a bus> <a vacant room>
:  free from activity or work :  disengaged <vacant hours>
:  devoid of thought, reflection, or expression <a vacant smile>
:  not lived in <vacant houses>
a :  not put to use <vacant land>
b :  having no heir or claimant :  abandoned <a vacant estate>
va·cant·ly adverb
va·cant·ness noun

Examples of VACANT

  1. These lockers are all vacant.
  2. The seat was left vacant when the secretary resigned.
  3. He had a vacant expression on his face.

Origin of VACANT

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin vacant-, vacans, present participle of vacare to be empty, be free
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of VACANT

empty, vacant, blank, void, vacuous mean lacking contents which could or should be present. empty suggests a complete absence of contents <an empty bucket>. vacant suggests an absence of appropriate contents or occupants <a vacant apartment>. blank stresses the absence of any significant, relieving, or intelligible features on a surface <a blank wall>. void suggests absolute emptiness as far as the mind or senses can determine <a statement void of meaning>. vacuous suggests the emptiness of a vacuum and especially the lack of intelligence or significance <a vacuous facial expression>.
VACANT Defined for Kids


adjective va·cant \ˈvā-kənt\

Definition of VACANT for Kids

:  not filled, used, or lived in <a vacant house> <a vacant lot> <a vacant job position>
:  showing a lack of thought or expression <vacant eyes>
:  free from duties or care <vacant hours>
va·cant·ly adverb


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