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


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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Two restaurant employees who helped free the car's occupants also were hurt and hospitalized in serious condition, police said. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "4 injured when car crashes into Fort Worth pizza restaurant," 9 July 2019 Two occupants were home at the time of the fire, and both got out safely, Mansfield said. Sophia Eppolito, BostonGlobe.com, "Damage from Andover home blaze set at $2.7 million," 9 July 2019 The unidentified occupants immediately abandoned their cargo and fled the scene. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "$3.7 million in cash discovered in abandoned boat in Puerto Rico, Border Patrol says," 9 July 2019 The detective said Monday sheriff’s officials determined the occupants did not have a legal right to be on the premises and had vacated the house. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "La Cañada officials bash plans for July 6 house party through enforcement, injunctions," 9 July 2019 The single vehicle accident had a sole occupant who was determined to be the operator and had been ejected from the vehicle during the crash. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 8 July 2019 Kevin Allen said officers weren’t able to locate the occupants. oregonlive.com, "Car crashes into NE Portland appliance store," 5 July 2019 Additionally, seller’s agents realize owner-occupants are motivated emotionally as well as intellectually. Pat Kapowich, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Buyers’ higher bid didn’t win them the house; time to change agent?," 4 July 2019 Citywide, 100 people have been killed in traffic crashes so far this year — or 11 more than in the same period last year — including 51 pedestrians, eight motorcyclists and 27 motor vehicle occupants. New York Times, "Cyclist Killed by Cement Truck and 2 Other Deaths Spur ‘Emergency’," 3 July 2019

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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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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 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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