Simple Definition of vacant
: 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
1 : not occupied by an incumbent, possessor, or officer <a vacant office> <vacant thrones>
2 : being without content or occupant <a vacant seat on a bus> <a vacant room>
3 : free from activity or work : disengaged <vacant hours>
4 : devoid of thought, reflection, or expression <a vacant smile>
5 : not lived in <vacant houses>
6 a : not put to use <vacant land> b : having no heir or claimant : abandoned <a vacant estate>
Examples of vacant
These lockers are all vacant.
The seat was left vacant when the secretary resigned.
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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