occupant

noun
oc·​cu·​pant | \ ˈä-kyə-pənt How to pronounce occupant (audio) \

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

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

transient

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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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The three occupants in the vehicle refused to stop. Justin Madden, cleveland.com, "Teenager hit by vehicle during police chase in Cleveland, police say," 22 Feb. 2018 Police said overnight that the bus had been carrying 29 occupants, including the driver. Fox News, "Crash of hockey team's bus leaves at least 15 dead, town devastated," 2 Oct. 2018 There, Boer policemen oppress and extort the occupants, with little or no resistance. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’ Review: South Africa’s Meta-Western," 13 Sep. 2018 The occupants of the SUV, a female driver and six juveniles, sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Henry J. Morgan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "One dead, 6 injured as two-vehicle crash near Slinger temporarily shuts down I-41," 9 July 2018 Both occupants of the car fled after the crash, but officers located a woman, identified as Baltimore, hiding in a bush. Pioneer Press, chicagotribune.com, "Thieves steal merchandise from retailer, cause 3-car collision during police pursuit: Niles police," 9 July 2018 The Jordans are expecting their first child in August, and so their second bedroom will soon have a tiny occupant, who will come with more paperwork. New York Times, "Buried in Paperwork," 6 July 2018 One occupant, who received minor burns to the arm, was treated at the scene. Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "Boise Fire responds to more fires on the Fourth of July this year than last," 5 July 2018 Bob even has a picture of the original occupant, as well as snaps of soldiers marching on the parade ground, when the fort was still in use. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Morning Line: After Annapolis killings, Doc asks what the hell is wrong with us," 2 July 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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occupant

noun

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

occupant

noun
oc·​cu·​pant | \ ˈä-kyə-pənt How to pronounce occupant (audio) \

Kids Definition of occupant

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

occupant

noun
oc·​cu·​pant | \ ˈä-kyə-pənt How to pronounce occupant (audio) \

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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