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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The occupants were Tyler Conklin, 30 — who had been under police surveillance as he was wanted on a no-bail probation violation warrant — and his girlfriend, Lauren Billing, 39, authorities said. Julia Sclafani, Daily Pilot, "Huntington man and Newport woman plead not guilty to drug and firearm charges after searches of car and home," 29 Aug. 2019 All three occupants of the other vehicle, a Lexus SUV, received minor injuries, according to the CHP. Ethan Baron, The Mercury News, "Driver of speeding car killed in freeway-ramp crash in San Jose," 19 Aug. 2019 Carey Huls, an Indiana State Police spokesman, said seven people were in the SUV that crashed about 2:30 a.m. Friday on Main Street north of Scottsburg, and five of the occupants died. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "5 people dead after vehicle crash in Southern Indiana, police say," 9 Aug. 2019 An occupant of the single-family residence reported the fire a few minutes prior to 11 p.m. Wednesday. Catalina Righter, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Lightning strike caused basement fire in Winfield, Maryland fire marshal finds," 8 Aug. 2019 Character is so important now because the occupant of the White House has none. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Voters robbed of great debates; Bighorn habitat threatened; Don’t confirm Ratcliffe (8/2/19)," 2 Aug. 2019 While walking toward the store, Cardona-Contreras, in his BMW X5, pulled up to the man and the occupants of the car began to yell and curse at the victim. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee man shot a driver in the Franklin Sam's Club parking lot after road rage incident, complaint says," 31 July 2019 All occupants of the home, including animals, escaped without injury. Cynthia Fernandez, BostonGlobe.com, "Lightning strike sparks 3-alarm fire in Erving," 30 July 2019 The officer followed the car to Oxford Road, where the occupants got out. cleveland.com, "Drunk driver rams fire hydrant, smokes marijuana while waiting for officers to arrive: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 19 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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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 How to pronounce occupant (audio) \

Kids Definition of occupant

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


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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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