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)

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
Recent Examples on the Web The company is lifting the 16-person occupancy cap introduced in summer 2020 before Covid-19 vaccines were available. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, 29 June 2022 The goal remains to boost that occupancy with nonprofit tenants, Levin said. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 28 June 2022 Airbnb isn’t totally lame, though: the company plans to lift its 16-person occupancy limit, noting that some large family gatherings at massive properties can be perfectly placid. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 28 June 2022 Moving forward, Airbnb will remove its 16-person occupancy cap, prompted by COVID concerns around large gatherings prior to the introduction of vaccines. Stephanie Mlot, PCMAG, 28 June 2022 Program Manager Joshua Switzky delivered a mostly grim outlook for future housing development as well as office occupancy in downtown San Francisco. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 June 2022 Main differences between the town’s existing regulations and the new state regulations include that the town requires a permit, does not allow detached units, and has a maximum occupancy of three while the state has no limit. Steve Smith, Hartford Courant, 23 June 2022 This was achieved when most screens across the region were shut for the first six months of the year and operated for the remainder under limited occupancy or other additional restrictions. Patrick Frater, Variety, 21 June 2022 In downtown Boston, offices are running at 30 to 35 percent of their pre-pandemic daily occupancy, according to estimates and data from employee entry cards tracked by real estate company Newmark. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 19 June 2022 See More

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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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“Occupancy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occupancy. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for occupancy

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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