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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According to the village's zoning ordinance, a special use permit is determined to have expired if a building permit or certificate of occupancy is not obtained or the use has not begun within one year of the date of approval. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Plans pulled for simulation gun range in Oswego," 1 June 2018 Wagner said another factor in choosing the West Side was the high level of occupancy in other senior living facilities in the area, indicating a need for this type of amenity. Forrest Sellers, Cincinnati.com, "New senior living community coming to West Side," 30 Mar. 2018 Rates: from $5,700 per person, based on double occupancy. Margo Pfeiff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Cruise: Voyaging sacred waters of B.C.’s ancient islands," 11 Jan. 2018 Waco had the second highest hotel occupancy rate in the state of Texas in 2017, behind only Austin. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Waco, Texas, tourism since Fixer Upper," 4 Apr. 2018 Tourism numbers so far this year are up 30% from last year, and hotel occupancy rates are at their highest since 2010. Rachel Scheier, latimes.com, "Five years after the noisy ouster of an Islamist president, Egyptians are still frustrated — but quiet," 30 June 2018 The shelters have been mostly full, with an average occupancy rate of 95 percent. John Wilkens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "City's shelters falling short of goals in finding permanent housing for the homeless," 17 June 2018 The occupancy rate for WeWork buildings, where startups and large companies rent office space, rose to 82 percent at the end of the first quarter, up from 73 percent a year ago, according to the email viewed by Bloomberg. BostonGlobe.com, "Imara has a new CEO," 15 June 2018 Jorge Mario Chajón, Guatemala’s tourism minister, said hotel occupancy rates dropped by as much as 50 percent immediately after the June 3 eruption. New York Times, "Visiting Guatemala After a Deadly Eruption," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of occupancy

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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