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 But human rights groups and the refugees themselves have long expressed concerns over the safety of the uninhabited, low-lying island, as it often becomes partially submerged during monsoon season and is vulnerable to cyclones. Helen Regan And Rebecca Wright, CNN, "Fears of forced removals as Bangladesh moves hundreds of Rohingya refugees to remote island," 3 Dec. 2020 But in the uninhabited region where the Northguider ran aground—the Hinlopen Strait, 200 kilometers north of Longyearbyen—there were no city lights, no moon, no northern lights, and clouds masked the stars. Cathleen O’grady, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Race to Study Arctic Waters," 4 Nov. 2020 Open public land abounds in Utah’s largely uninhabited and sun-drenched West Desert. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Big solar farms could dominate the future of a Utah hamlet trying to preserve its small-town feel," 19 Oct. 2020 Four character meeting areas stand uninhabited in post-shutdown mode. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney World: Rise of the Resistance hopefuls have mere seconds to catch the ride," 16 Oct. 2020 Greece and Turkey, who are NATO allies, nearly went to war in 1996 in a dispute over uninhabited Aegean islets. Nick Squires, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mediterranean frenemies face off: Greece, Turkey at ‘the abyss’," 1 Sep. 2020 Around 1,800 years ago, a new wave of people also moved from South America into the Lesser Antilles, colonizing many of the remaining uninhabited islands. Jessica Stone, The Conversation, "Archaeologists determined the step-by-step path taken by the first people to settle the Caribbean islands," 29 Sep. 2020 Project Puffin's origins lie on an uninhabited seven-acre island, six miles off the coast of Maine, called Eastern Egg Rock. Pamela Boykoff, CNN, "By learning to think like a puffin, this conservationist has saved seabirds around the world," 30 Sep. 2020 Arguments over maritime claims have brought the two countries close to blows before, including in 1996, when the United States stepped in to defuse a conflict over a 10-acre, uninhabited island. Washington Post, "Amid Mediterranean tensions, retired Turkish admiral grabs the spotlight touting supremacy at sea," 27 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of uninhabited

1571, in the meaning defined above

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21 Dec 2020

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“Uninhabited.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uninhabited. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of uninhabited

of a place : not lived in by people


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: not lived in or on an uninhabited island

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