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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Examples of occupant in a Sentence

The apartment's previous occupant was a painter. Both of the car's occupants were injured.
Recent Examples on the Web The monthly cost per person ranges in price from $7,345 for independent living to $12,060 for memory care, and if more than one person is living in the unit, there is a second occupant fee. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Aug. 2022 The occupant and driver of the Mini Cooper would later be identified as actor Anne Heche, 53. Nicole Kagan, Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2022 The occupant of the home was not hurt in the accident, which caused significant damage to the front of the small house, according to TMZ and CNN. William Earl, Chicago Tribune, 6 Aug. 2022 The front passenger seat may have been assembled with interference between internal parts that may cause the Occupant Classification System (OCS) sensor to incorrectly detect the occupant. Detroit Free Press, 6 Aug. 2022 The final month of summer has long been unkind to the occupant of the Oval Office. Mike Memoli, NBC News, 31 July 2022 More worrisome is the notion of home as fortress, which to the occupant provides the illusion of safety at the expense of confinement. Star Tribune, 18 Feb. 2021 Officers also will be required to provide the owner with a copy of the search warrant or give it to another occupant if the owner is not present. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, 29 Oct. 2020 The complaint doesn’t specify the location or occupant of the residence. James Fanelli, WSJ, 31 July 2022 See More

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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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19 Aug 2022

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“Occupant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occupant. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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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


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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