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

Examples of unfilled in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To the disappointment of some neighborhood advocates, the city budget eliminates five unfilled positions within the St. Paul Police Department, bringing the department’s official authorized strength down from 635 to 630 employees. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Seven things to know about the 2020 St. Paul city budget," 15 Dec. 2019 The manufacturing sectors with the highest share of unfilled positions are transportation equipment, chemicals, and computer and electronic products, NAM found. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Want a factory job? You may need a college degree," 10 Dec. 2019 Her position was created by repurposing an unfilled position, Drale said. Emily Walkenhorst, Arkansas Online, "Cutbacks at UALR in future," 23 Nov. 2019 An estimated 1,600 cargo and passenger slots will go unfilled in the U.S. by 2020, the industry publication Aviation Voice reported in June. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Pilot shortage in Colorado and U.S. looms as current flyers are aging out and trainees face steep costs," 6 Oct. 2019 Police departments, prisons and state hospitals provide essential services, so society can pay the price when those jobs go unfilled. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "A Hot Job Market Is Causing Labor Pains for State Governments," 30 Aug. 2019 In Montgomery County, an average of 120 substitute teacher requests went unfilled each day. Washington Post, "With substitute teachers in high demand, Montgomery County eases requirements," 30 Aug. 2019 Alas, even with the good wages and benefits that come with these positions, many go unfilled. WSJ, "College Rankings and What Students Retain," 17 Sep. 2018 The same goes for expanding the fellowship program: Children’s now has an unfilled fellowship. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Children's Wisconsin announces plan to improve access to behavioral health care for children, adolescents," 19 Nov. 2019

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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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24 Dec 2019

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“Unfilled.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfilled. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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