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 Japanese leaders typically use summits with American presidents to seek assurances that the United States, which has about 50,000 troops stationed in Japan, will defend the country’s right to control the uninhabited Senkaku Islands. New York Times, "Will Japan Confront China? A Visit to Washington May Offer a Clue.," 14 Apr. 2021 His cremated skeletal remains were found in an uninhabited area on Oct. 23, according to Sánchez. Fox News, "Missing Los Angeles firefighter found dead in Mexico in 'tragic outcome,' officials say," 5 Nov. 2020 Gerald was tagged and released in an uninhabited area in Orinda, miles away from the rose garden, Dmytryk said. Joe Bagliere, CNN, "An aggressive turkey named 'Gerald' that terrorized an Oakland neighborhood is safely relocated," 24 Oct. 2020 Richard Brown and Giselle Eagle, seabird experts who serve as wardens of the otherwise uninhabited island, spotted the objects and sent photographs of them to archaeological researchers. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Burrowing Bunnies in Wales Unearth Trove of Prehistoric Artifacts," 27 Mar. 2021 The mysterious disappearance has inspired numerous theories, ranging from the plane landing on an uninhabited island to Japanese forces capturing and executing them. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "Amelia Earhart: What to know about the aviation pioneer," 13 Mar. 2021 That location, at around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, was approximately two nautical miles southeast of Sugarloaf Island in the uninhabited Barren Islands. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Coast Guard says debris in Gulf of Alaska ‘consistent’ with helicopter piloted by former health executive," 3 Mar. 2021 Spain and the United States laid claim to uninhabited islands in the Pacific Ocean, where workers harvested towering accumulations of bird droppings. Julia Rosen, The Atlantic, "We Broke Phosphorus," 8 Feb. 2021 The suspects attempted to build an explosive device on a boat at sea, conducted training on uninhabited islands and attempted to recruit children, the Maldives Police Service said. Mohamed Sharuhaan, Star Tribune, "Maldives police say they uncovered plot to attack school," 26 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of uninhabited

1571, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of uninhabited was in 1571

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26 Apr 2021

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“Uninhabited.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uninhabited. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of uninhabited

of a place : not lived in by people


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Kids Definition of uninhabited

: not lived in or on an uninhabited island

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