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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The deal also outlines that Nike will hire 505 full-time employees within 3-1/2 years of obtaining a certificate of occupancy, which is expected by June 1, 2020. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "After Gov. Ducey's Twitter rant, what's next for the planned Nike plant in Goodyear?," 2 July 2019 Fox told her group about certificates of apartment occupancy, documents that require the city to inspect apartments’ condition whenever someone is going to move in. Tess Vrbin, courant.com, "Hartford residents share their concerns about housing at City Council listening session," 26 June 2019 Price: From $5,995 per person, double occupancy; $495 single supplement. Includes accommodations, meals, bikes, support vehicle, tour guides and transfers. Rosemary Mcclure, latimes.com, "Bicycle through Italy with L.A. chef Mary Sue Milliken," 26 June 2019 Some operators are hesitant to build new facilities, which take three to four years to lease up to 90 percent occupancy, in oversupplied markets, Dutch said. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Public Storage upgrades Houston portfolio after Hurricane Harvey," 21 June 2019 Stepped way up: rates start at $995 per night (for double occupancy, including dinner and breakfast). Sheila Marikar, New York Times, "In Tennessee, Blackberry Farm Takes Over a Mountain," 19 June 2019 White Spar has 52 single and four double-occupancy campsites. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "These Arizona campgrounds will reserve your spot," 17 June 2019 New apartment projects downtown — the largest being the 777 Main tower — average 95 percent occupancy, with most in the 90s. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "Pearl Street apartments riding latest wave of new rentals in downtown Hartford," 16 June 2019 Double-occupancy staterooms start at $915 per person (plus taxes and fees). Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "Brantley Gilbert cruise: Country stars sailing from Miami on Nov. 4," 14 June 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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