uninhabited

adjective
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

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China’s vast reclamation project, which began in earnest in 2013, shortly after Xi became the country’s paramount leader, has steadily turned once-uninhabited places into fortified islands with airfields and increasingly military outposts. Steven Lee Myers, BostonGlobe.com, "Lasers and missiles heighten military tensions for US, China," 4 May 2018 China’s vast reclamation project, which began in earnest in 2013, shortly after Mr. Xi became the country’s paramount leader, has steadily turned once-uninhabited places into fortified islands with airfields and increasingly military outposts. Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, "Lasers and Missiles Heighten U.S.-China Military Tensions," 4 May 2018 The stunning grand dames of Bad Gastein have undeniably gorgeous bones but most are uninhabited, bringing an eerie quiet to the fairy tale setting. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "This Austrian Spa and Ski Town Is Straight Out of a Wes Anderson Film," 11 Jan. 2019 Stranger still, the colonies at the site in Brazil appear to be uninhabited, abandoned thousands of years ago. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Found: A Field of Termite Mounds You Can See From Space," 19 Nov. 2018 Located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa, the Seychelles are comprised of 115 islands, most of which are uninhabited. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...Six Senses Zil Pasyon," 13 Nov. 2018 Nearly 600 isles, all but a few uninhabited, make up this archipelago in the Bay of Bengal. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 The windswept Shetlands lie less than 400 miles from the Arctic Circle, and their outermost isle, an uninhabited rocky outcrop called Out Stack, is the northernmost point of Britain. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "U.K. Maps Now Required to Give the Shetland Archipelago Some Respect," 15 Oct. 2018 Almost all were intercepted or landed harmlessly in uninhabited areas. Ian Talley, WSJ, "U.S. Widens Iran Sanctions for Supplying Missiles to Yemen’s Houthis," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of uninhabited

1571, in the meaning defined above

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uninhabited

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of uninhabited

of a place : not lived in by people

uninhabited

adjective
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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