occupancy

noun
oc·​cu·​pan·​cy | \ ˈä-kyə-pən(t)-sē \
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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Price: Rates start at $1,900 per person based on double occupancy for 3 nights. Micaela English, Town & Country, "8 Wellness Retreats To Reset Your Body And Mind," 17 Dec. 2018 Royal Caribbean Cruises Norwegian’s new Terminal B will be completed in fall 2019 to coincide with the launch of its newest ship, the Norwegian Encore, which carries 3,998 passengers at double occupancy. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "PortMiami’s third new cruise terminal is coming. It’ll fit MSC’s 7,000-passenger ships," 12 July 2018 Without proof that this requirement has been met, building owners would not receive a certificate of occupancy. New York Times, "Developers Fight Efforts to Make Them Pay for Public Art," 10 July 2018 Constable, said 2,500 people, including lawyers, court staff and jurors, are in the building every weekday, a level of occupancy that shocked fire officials tasked with planning in the building. Brian Rogers, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Fire Marshal sounds the alarm on courthouse safety," 7 Feb. 2018 That’s similar to occupancy rates across the Puget Sound region today. Vernal Coleman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle, King County look to Atlanta program to entice landlords to rent to homeless, but can it work here?," 26 Dec. 2018 Together, their occupancy is part of the 'Love, Bleecker' revitalization project, a real estate endeavor that is aiming to bring shoppers back to this once-vibrant retail street. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Delicious Vegan Bodega Just Opened in the West Village—Here's What to Try First," 1 Oct. 2018 This same area has 150 memory care units, and the average occupancy within those units is 95.3 percent, according to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Azura plans 80-unit memory care facility at former Dunwood School site in Fox Point," 18 June 2018 That said, in the last few years, occupancy has been growing. Elliot Njus, OregonLive.com, "Hyatt Place hotel proposed in Portland's Pearl District," 13 June 2018

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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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9 Feb 2019

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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 \
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 \
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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