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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Only Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2017 could have been a sweeter day for the present occupants of the White House than last Sunday. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Move On From Robert Mueller, Mr. President," 27 Mar. 2019 The interior also feels very spacious, at least for the occupants of the first two rows. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Love the hardware, hate the UI: The Acura MDX Sport Hybrid," 13 Dec. 2018 The Ascent has most mobile device needs covered with 12-volt power outlets in the dash and cargo area, dual USB ports for the front row and two USB ports in the rear of the center console for second-row occupants. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Newly arrived 2019 Subaru Ascent fills three-row midsize SUV niche," 24 June 2018 But the loudest cheers this go round were for the occupants of the third carriage, Prince Harry and his new bride Meghan with Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "What It's Really Like to Attend Royal Ascot," 20 June 2018 The condo arrangement raised eyebrows because Rosenberger made $100,798 as speaker in 2017 and had little other income – not the kind of salary expected for occupants of a high-rent condo. Chrissie Thompson, Cincinnati.com, "FBI visits luxury condo owned by heiress and rented by former Ohio Speaker Rosenberger," 9 June 2018 Under an agreement that World Vision drew up for occupants, Cherisier was not supposed to rent out the dwelling. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Trump is telling those who fled Haiti earthquake to leave the U.S. What will they go back to?," 28 May 2018 Studies show that seat-belt compliance in the United States is generally high for drivers and front-seat passengers but lower for back-seat occupants. Fredrick Kunkle, ajc, "Uber will use its app to remind riders to buckle up," 23 May 2018 Studies show that seat-belt compliance in the United States is generally high for drivers and front-seat passengers but lower for back-seat occupants. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "Uber will use its app to remind riders to buckle up," 23 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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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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