adjective \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


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