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 fire is Chicago’s deadliest since at least 2000, and possibly since 1993, when 19 people died in a blaze that engulfed a single room occupancy residential hotel. Fox News, "Cigarettes and fireworks may have caused Chicago apartment that killed 9, authorities say," 28 Aug. 2018 The soaring housing prices in San Francisco has led many low-income Asian Americans to live in overcrowded, single-room-occupancy hotels, also known as SROs. NBC News, "San Francisco's housing crisis puts pressure on historic Asian enclaves," 10 July 2018 Despite the negative rhetoric from the Trump administration about the North American Free Trade Agreement, trade between the two countries has been booming, keeping occupancy levels and rents at warehouses and distribution centers high. Peter Grant, WSJ, "Mexican Property Market Gets One-Two Punch from Trump and López Obrador," 1 Jan. 2019 Orlando’s occupancy levels and room revenue rates were the highest for a January since at least 2011. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Room revenue, occupancy up for Orlando hotels in January," 21 Feb. 2018 First responders discovered an unconscious man inside one of the single-occupancy-room units in the building and medical officials later declared him dead at the scene. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Upper West Side Man Dies in Apartment Fire," 7 Jan. 2019 There are income limits of $50,350 for individuals and $57,500 for double occupancy. Bill Leukhardt, Courant Community, "Waiting List Open For Southington Housing Authority Apartments," 13 July 2018 Single occupancy can be hard to score, as rooms are priced per person and hotels prefer to book couples or families. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Slow Skiing in Japan's Deep North," 11 Oct. 2018 Basara said occupancy is at 100 percent in that section of Federal Street. Avalon R. Zoppo, Philly.com, "Could new beer garden be the start of a budding 'restaurant row' in Camden?," 3 July 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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18 May 2019

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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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