un·​in·​hab·​it·​ed | \ ˌən-in-ˈha-bə-təd How to pronounce uninhabited (audio) \

Definition of uninhabited

: not occupied or lived in by people : not inhabited an uninhabited island/house

Examples of uninhabited in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mullion Island is a tiny, uninhabited island off the south coast of Cornwall in the United Kingdom, and no one is allowed to visit the island without a permit. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Why Did Thousands of Rubber Bands Show Up on an Uninhabited Cornish Island?," 24 Oct. 2019 Hundreds of uninhabited islands lie quietly under the night sky, their silhouettes illuminated by the cosmos. Fortune, "This High-End Restaurant and Glamping Ground in Croatia’s Archipelago Is Accessible Only by Boat," 22 Sep. 2019 Head north across the uninhabited interior to the wild volcanic area around Lake Mývatn. National Geographic, "Iceland Expedition: Land of Fire and Ice," 15 Sep. 2019 In truth, these areas are not naturally uninhabited. Mikaela Weisse, Twin Cities, "Mikaela Weisse: Five myths about tropical rainforests," 4 Sep. 2019 Pripyat has remained an uninhabited city since the evacuation, although the buildings, furniture, and all other signs of life are exactly where its former citizens left them. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Creepy Catacombs, Islands of Dolls, and 18 Other Terrifying Places for Thrill Seekers," 4 Sep. 2019 Playing on hard mode Trying to colonize a new, uninhabited land is a challenge. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "How many people did it take to colonize Australia?," 19 June 2019 Ballard was drawn to this uninhabited island by evidence collected by the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR). National Geographic, "‘Tantalizing clue’ marks end of Amelia Earhart expedition," 26 Aug. 2019 The territorial dispute centers on five small, uninhabited islands controlled by Japan and known here as the Senkakus but claimed by China, which calls them the Diaoyu, as well as by Taiwan. Washington Post, "Japan builds an ‘island wall’ to counter China’s intensifying military, territorial incursions," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of uninhabited

1571, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of uninhabited

of a place : not lived in by people


un·​in·​hab·​it·​ed | \ ˌən-in-ˈha-bə-təd\

Kids Definition of uninhabited

: not lived in or on an uninhabited island

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