oc·​cu·​pant | \ ˈä-kyə-pənt \

Definition of occupant 

1 : one who acquires title by occupancy
2 : one who occupies a particular place especially : resident

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Synonyms & Antonyms for occupant


denizen, dweller, habitant, inhabitant, inhabiter, resident, resider, tenant



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Examples of occupant in a Sentence

The apartment's previous occupant was a painter. Both of the car's occupants were injured.

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There were no reports of occupants inside any of the five structures; however, firefighters have not been able to search the buildings to confirm. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "Four-alarm fire at lumber yard on Seattle’s Ship Canal still smoldering," 11 Nov. 2018 Once the boat began to take water, all of the occupants jumped out of the boat. Brandon Rasmussen, idahostatesman, "Body of missing Idaho teen found in Snake River," 25 June 2018 Boyd said 14 people were in the SUV and 12 of the occupants were suspected of being in the country illegally, CBS affiliate KENS-TV reports. Justin Carissimo, CBS News, "5 killed in SUV crash during chase in Texas, authorities say," 17 June 2018 The tomb contained the remains of four occupants — three men and a woman — and funerary wares. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, "Roman Tomb Unearthed; to Everyone’s Surprise, It’s Intact," 1 June 2018 All of the occupants were taken into custody by immigration officials. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "88 immigrants found 'packed like sardines' in trailer with avocados: report," 23 May 2018 Yet Carter made clear that his critique is not about the current occupant of the Oval Office. Washington Post, "Carter to Trump: shun military action, keep country at peace," 12 Apr. 2018 The driver and two other occupants suffered minor injuries, police said. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Local Digest: Man dies after Memorial Day crash," 7 June 2018 Anyone with information on the drivers, occupants, or location of the two vehicles seen in these photos is asked to call 410-396-2221 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockup. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore police seek help identifying cars involved in shooting that injured 15-year-old boy," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of occupant

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for occupant

borrowed from Middle French, from present participle of occuper "to occupy"

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The first known use of occupant was in 1578

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English Language Learners Definition of occupant

: a person who is using or living in a particular building, apartment, or room

: a person who is in a room, vehicle, etc., at a particular time


oc·​cu·​pant | \ ˈä-kyə-pənt \

Kids Definition of occupant

: a person who uses, lives in, or possesses a place


oc·​cu·​pant | \ ˈä-kyə-pənt \

Legal Definition of occupant 

1 : one who occupies a particular place an occupant of the car the occupant of the apartment
2 : one who acquires title by occupancy

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