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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 sole occupant, Roby-English, told police a member of that gang and another man had borrowed the car earlier that evening. Liz Sawyer, Star Tribune, "Teens arrested in gang shooting that injured bystander, nearly struck 4-year-old," 18 Nov. 2020 The tunnel is narrow, allowing the center occupant more footroom with less splaying of legs. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2007 Compact Car Comparison," 18 Nov. 2020 Hughes was the driver, and the only occupant, of a silver Dodge Durango that struck a Chevrolet pickup and a utility pole at the intersection. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Victim identified in Friday Birmingham crash," 17 Nov. 2020 Some were simply fed up with the current White House occupant; others were concerned for the fate of democracy itself, and still others were channeling a more hopeful view of the future. Oliver Staley, Quartz, "What Biden’s win changes for Americans, China, and the environment," 7 Nov. 2020 An occupant of the residence, was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center for burns to her arms and hands. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Manchester home catches fire, victim taken to Johns Hopkins burn center," 19 Oct. 2020 The car’s third occupant, a Garfield Heights man, 22, was arrested on a traffic warrant issued by Maple Heights police. cleveland, "Man, 35, arrested after arranging meeting online with 15-year-old “girl": Solon police blotter," 11 Sep. 2020 The fourth plane occupant, who is reportedly still hospitalized in critical condition, was later identified as Texas A&M student Luke Armstrong, Victoria's boyfriend, according to KBTX News. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "21-Year-Old Woman and Parents Killed in Plane Crash: 'She Was Excited to See Dad's New Wings'," 2 Sep. 2020 The former occupant of the District 22 seat, Justin Everett, is running against Larson with support from the party’s conservative wing. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "JeffCo primary “a battle for the heart and soul” of Colorado’s Republican Party," 28 June 2020

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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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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Occupant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occupant. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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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


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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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