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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But for the last enduring hotel occupants, affordable housing has felt impossible to find. Aaron Leibowitz, miamiherald, "Displaced Puerto Ricans can fly home or stay in Florida with no FEMA housing. They're staying.," 30 June 2018 There was a truckload of debris left by a previous occupant. Glen David Gold, New York Times, "Staying Together by Living Apart (in a Duplex)," 22 June 2018 But all the questions Biden fielded were about his own plans, and about the current occupant of the White House. Chrissie Thompson, Cincinnati.com, "Joe Biden in Cincinnati: President Trump's only ideology is 'aggrandizing power'," 29 June 2018 Indeed, his tirades against the establishment, his showbiz charisma and his volcanic use of social media have drawn comparisons with the current occupant of the White House. Time, "Cricket Hero Imran Khan Led Pakistan's Team to Victory. As a Politician, He's Riding a Populist Wave," 28 June 2018 The current occupant of the Oval Office, sweeping into an event of his own in Las Vegas, could have easily ignored the presence of a combative critic some 400 miles away. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "Elizabeth Warren Condemned Trump in Reno. He Answered in Las Vegas With a Slur.," 23 June 2018 The four other occupants of the Corolla and the Yukon’s driver and two passengers were also taken to a local hospital for treatment, the release said. Staff Report, Elgin Courier-News, "Woman, unborn baby die after Carpentersville car crash," 22 May 2018 It was next reported that the occupants of the two vehicles, a truck and car, may be shooting paintballs at each other. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Paintballers in cars point guns at bystanders, induce panic: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 4 May 2018 The officer saw keys still in the ignition and the two delivery truck workers said Angelier was the vehicle’s only occupant. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New Berlin man's BAC almost three times legal limit, police say," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of occupant

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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