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 An occupant was reported to be trapped under 2006 Nissan Sentra. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Man thought to be passenger now under arrest in deadly Winchester crash," 20 Apr. 2021 In recent years without an occupant the two-story building has fallen into disrepair, which the family hopes could be resolved by new owners. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Historic Carlsbad home could be lost," 21 Mar. 2021 One of the more novel and ambitious use-case scenarios highlighted by the patent would have spotlight lighting turn on if sensors detect that an occupant is falling asleep. Yoni Heisler, BGR, "Apple just patented this new tech for its most ambitious product ever," 19 Mar. 2021 Sasaki was attracted to the building’s turn-of-the-century bones and classic marble staircase, and decided to join the project, not just as architect but as an occupant. Tim Logan, BostonGlobe.com, "Design firm Sasaki moving downtown," 12 Mar. 2021 One vehicle was struck by the metal, officials said, and an occupant of that vehicle suffered an injury that was not considered life-threatening. Washington Post, "Northbound DC-295 closed after metal falls from truck, officials say; 1 injured," 8 Mar. 2021 An occupant of the complex called the fire department a short time later, and firefighters had to assist three people in exiting the building, the report said. Naperville Sun Staff Report, chicagotribune.com, "Three people rescued from fire in Naperville town house, fire department says," 4 Mar. 2021 Five men had been walking in the neighborhood when they were shot by an occupant in a gray van at about 3:18 p.m., police said. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F police arrest man accused of quintuple shooting in Tenderloin District," 2 Mar. 2021 Fayetteville firefighters were called at 4:36 p.m. to Reid Hall and helped free an occupant of an elevator as all students were ordered to leave, Boudrey said. Jaime Adame, Arkansas Online, "Maintenance fire at UA; 2 dorms closed," 23 Feb. 2021

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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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15 May 2021

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“Occupant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occupant. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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