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vacant

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adjective va·cant \ˈvā-kənt\

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.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of vacant

  1. 1 :  not occupied by an incumbent, possessor, or officer <a vacant office> <vacant thrones>

  2. 2 :  being without content or occupant <a vacant seat on a bus> <a vacant room>

  3. 3 :  free from activity or work :  disengaged <vacant hours>

  4. 4 :  devoid of thought, reflection, or expression <a vacant smile>

  5. 5 :  not lived in <vacant houses>

  6. 6 a :  not put to use <vacant land> b :  having no heir or claimant :  abandoned <a vacant estate>

vacantly

adverb

vacantness

noun

Examples of vacant in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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

vacant

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adjective va·cant \ˈvā-kənt\

Definition of vacant for Students

  1. 1 :  not filled, used, or lived in <a vacant house> <a vacant lot> <a vacant job position>

  2. 2 :  showing a lack of thought or expression <vacant eyes>

  3. 3 :  free from duties or care <vacant hours>

vacantly

adverb



Law Dictionary

vacant

adjective va·cant

Legal Definition of vacant

  1. 1 :  not filled or occupied

  2. 2a :  not put to use <vacant land> b :  having no heir or claimant <a vacant estate>





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