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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The bureau said hotel revenues were up by 26 percent and hotel occupancy by 17.3 percent. Jose R. Gonzalez, Houston Chronicle, "Galveston’s blue water was a boon for island business," 6 July 2018 Fernandez and other experts are pushing officials to start demolitions only after documenting occupancy and ownership of land and property, as residents otherwise risk losing walls and pillars that may be the only markers of their properties. Rina Chandran, The Christian Science Monitor, "Philippine city ushers in 'community-led rehabilitation' after siege," 29 June 2018 Brenda Warrenburg, the manager of the Comfort Suites in Delavan, said there was a small decrease in occupancy last summer, and there is a slight increase for the nights Alpine is hosting a show this year. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Alpine Valley Music Theatre is back in business after no-show season, but struggles remain," 21 June 2018 Despite the Spurs’ threats to relocate, Bexar County voters weren’t completely sold on passing a financing plan to build a new arena through bonds backed by hotel-occupancy and rental car taxes. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Leonard soap opera not unheard of; Spurs’ 45 seasons include plenty of drama," 15 June 2018 The sudden surge in new hotel rooms led to the first decline in average occupancy in years, according to STR. Elliot Njus, OregonLive.com, "Hyatt Place hotel proposed in Portland's Pearl District," 13 June 2018 Think the old SROs — the single-room occupancy hotels. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "‘We need to break some rules’ to fix Seattle’s homelessness crisis," 2 June 2018 In the first quarter of 2018, hotel occupancy in Cancún stayed level with 2017 figures at a healthy 77 percent, even though the room inventory grew by 3 percent this year, according to STR, Inc., a travel research company that tracks hotel data. New York Times, "Despite Violence, Tourism Is Strong in Mexican Resort Areas," 27 Apr. 2018 But the overall occupancy rate in Chicago harbors is still significantly lower than the mid 2000s. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "Where have the boats gone from Monroe Harbor, rest of Chicago lakefront?," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of occupancy

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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double occupancy

maximum occupancy

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21 Sep 2018

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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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