un·​filled | \ ˌən-ˈfild How to pronounce unfilled (audio) \

Definition of unfilled

: not filled an unfilled bottle unfilled spaces a vacancy left unfilled an unfilled order

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Recent Examples on the Web The report documents a raft of extraordinary allegations: One manager's salary increased more than eightfold over nine years, and an institute director was paid his own salary plus half the salary of an unfilled deputy position. Nick Perry, Star Tribune, "Fiji deports university leader in blow to regional relations," 5 Feb. 2021 Meanwhile, senior positions sometimes go unfilled for months. Sarah Jaffe, Wired, "The Rise of One of the First Video Game Workers Unions," 26 Jan. 2021 Toward the end, Liechty turned to Wikipedia for unfilled dates to find events that happened that someone, at some time sang about. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "Texas man eases pandemic boredom by creating list of songs @TheSongCalendar with a connection to every single day of the calendar year," 22 Jan. 2021 In addition, Boeing’s unfilled-order backlog shrank by more than 1,000 aircraft in 2020 as customers canceled 641 orders for the MAX and more than 500 further MAX orders were deemed no longer solid enough to include in the official order tally. Author: Dominic Gates, Anchorage Daily News, "Boeing production plummeted in 2020," 13 Jan. 2021 In a similarly unfilled stadium but in the winter chill of New Jersey, McCarthy’s men came up short once more Sunday afternoon. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "Mike McCarthy caps off 2020 season with one more head-scratching decision as Cowboys fail in New York," 3 Jan. 2021 More important, multimillion-dollar deficits find the Athletics Department bearing many other sacrifices: across-the-board 10% pay cuts, employee layoffs, and open positions going unfilled, to name a few. Ken Powell And Steve Sviggum, Star Tribune, "Editorial counterpoint: Financial, Title IX realities drove U decision on sports," 25 Dec. 2020 Beyond the Defense Department, progressives are gearing up for the possibility of more aggressive fights on Commerce, Labor, Education, Interior and Justice, among other unfilled Cabinet posts. Steve Peoples And Robert Burns, chicagotribune.com, "Joe Biden is facing growing pressure from within his own party as he finalizes his choice for secretary of defense," 2 Dec. 2020 More than 100 positions remained unfilled when President Trump took office. Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times, "Some federal judges plan to retire when Trump exits. Will Biden be able to replace them?," 30 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of unfilled

1584, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unfilled was in 1584

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15 Feb 2021

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“Unfilled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfilled. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unfilled

: available because no one has been chosen to take it
: requested but not yet prepared or given

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