occupancy

noun
oc·​cu·​pan·​cy | \ ˈä-kyə-pən(t)-sē How to pronounce occupancy (audio) \
plural occupancies

Definition of occupancy

1 : the fact or condition of holding, possessing, or residing in or on something occupancy of the estate
2 : the act or fact of taking or having possession (as of unowned land) to acquire ownership
3 : the fact or condition of being occupied occupancy by more than 400 persons is unlawful
4 : the use to which a property is put industrial occupancy
5 : a building or part of a building intended to be occupied (as by a tenant)

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Examples of occupancy in a Sentence

The sign above the auditorium door says, “Maximum occupancy: 500 persons.” the landlord notified us of the need to cease occupancy in three months, when our apartment building would be sold

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Hotels enjoyed an average occupancy rate of 91% in 2018. Michelle Toh, CNN, "Hong Kong's protests are taking a toll on restaurant and hotel workers," 4 Sep. 2019 The Boston Herald reports that the number of visitors to Cape beaches and hotel occupancy rates were both down this summer. Annaliese Griffin, Quartzy, "Are great white sharks messing with us?," 1 Sep. 2019 Hotel occupancy rates were down more than 3% in June and July, compared with the same months last year. Washington Post, "Sharks, tornadoes and taxes: Cape Cod’s had a tough summer," 30 Aug. 2019 Both properties have retail occupancy rates above 95%, an enviable rate in an industry beset by bankruptcies. Roland Li, SFChronicle.com, "Retail isn’t dead: Two shopping centers on list of Bay Area’s most valuable buildings," 29 Aug. 2019 The Service Employees International Union and the Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities are also challenging the empty-bed counts that the state is using to determine occupancy rates. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "Concerns increase over fate of nine high-vacancy nursing homes targeted for Medicaid cuts," 28 Aug. 2019 With a total of 232 available days, and after assigning each event its own day, Broncos Stadium managed a 75 percent offseason occupancy rate. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Field Flip: How in 9 days Broncos Stadium changed from The Rolling Stones to the NFL," 19 Aug. 2019 The report listed the average daily Airbnb rate in Pasadena as $180 and the occupancy rate as 64 percent. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "What makes Pasadena No. 3 in U.S. for Airbnb rentals?," 13 Aug. 2019 Trump Tower's occupancy rate has plunged over the last seven years to 83 percent from 99 percent, giving it a vacancy rate that's about twice Manhattan's average. Shahien Nasiripour, chicagotribune.com, "Trump Tower now one of NYC’s least desirable luxury buildings," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of occupancy

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for occupancy

occup(ant) + -ancy

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The first known use of occupancy was in 1629

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occupancy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of occupancy

: the act of living or staying in a particular place
: the number of people who are in a particular building or room at one time

occupancy

noun
oc·​cu·​pan·​cy | \ ˈä-kyə-pən-sē How to pronounce occupancy (audio) \
plural occupancies

Kids Definition of occupancy

: the act of using, living in, or taking possession of a place

occupancy

noun
oc·​cu·​pan·​cy | \ ˈä-kyə-pən-sē How to pronounce occupancy (audio) \
plural occupancies

Legal Definition of occupancy

1 : the fact or condition of holding, possessing, or residing in or on something occupancy of the premises
2 : the act or fact of taking or having possession (as of abandoned property) to acquire ownership
3 : the fact or condition of being occupied occupancy by more than 400 persons is unlawful
4 : the use to which a property is put designed for industrial occupancy

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