occupancy

noun oc·cu·pan·cy \ ˈä-kyə-pən(t)-sē \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of occupancy

plural occupancies
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

  1. The sign above the auditorium door says, “Maximum occupancy: 500 persons.”

  2. the landlord notified us of the need to cease occupancy in three months, when our apartment building would be sold

Recent Examples of occupancy from the Web

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First Known Use of occupancy

1629



OCCUPANCY Defined for English Language Learners

occupancy

noun

Definition of occupancy for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

occupancy

noun oc·cu·pan·cy \ ˈä-kyə-pən-sē \

Definition of occupancy for Students

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

Law Dictionary

occupancy

noun oc·cu·pan·cy \ ˈä-kyə-pən-sē \

legal Definition of occupancy

plural occupancies
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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