un·​oc·​cu·​pied | \ˌən-ˈä-kyə-ˌpīd \

Definition of unoccupied 

: not occupied: such as

a : not busy : unemployed

b : not lived in : empty

Examples of unoccupied in a Sentence

About half of the seats were unoccupied when the concert started. A third of the beds at the hospital were unoccupied.

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That same year, a Dallas fire commander sent Stan Wilson and his crew into an unoccupied building that was in danger of collapsing. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Firefighters protect us. Who protects them?," 13 July 2018 Firefighter Dies on Set of Edward Norton Film The blaze broke out in an unoccupied residential building in New York City Thursday night. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Pride wall set to unveil April 5 in the Heights," 26 Mar. 2018 The vehicle was discovered unoccupied on Feb. 19 in the 600 block of Broach Court. Washington Post, "Crime reports for Anne Arundel and Howard counties and for Annapolis," 28 Feb. 2018 It was later recovered in the 2100 block of North 44th St, unoccupied. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "$200 in toothpaste stolen at Walgreens in Wauwatosa," 7 Feb. 2018 Found Vehicle 2600 block of Rock Island Road in Margate, Dec. 10, 11:25 a.m. A stolen 2011 Gold Mercedes E350 was located unoccupied in the parking lot., "Coral Springs Area Crime Log: Nov. 7 - Dec. 20," 3 Feb. 2018 Someone stole an unoccupied, running car parked in the 1000 block of Lake Street at 12:49 p.m. May 5. Pioneer Press,, "Police: Sixth-floor window damaged at West Suburban Hospital, possibly by firearm," 11 May 2018 Milwaukee police officer Robert Grams observed Brown’s unoccupied vehicle while Brown was inside the Walgreens. Michael Mccann,, "Inside Sterling Brown’s compelling lawsuit against the Milwaukee Police Department and City of Milwaukee," 19 June 2018 Officers responded to find the loader unoccupied and parked in the middle of Northern Lights at Patterson Street. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Man who drove front-end loader erratically through East Anchorage charged with DUI, police say," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of unoccupied

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unoccupied

: not being used, filled up, or lived in


un·​oc·​cu·​pied | \ˌən-ˈä-kyə-ˌpīd \

Kids Definition of unoccupied

1 : not being used, filled up, or lived in : empty an unoccupied seat

2 : not busy I'll help you as soon as I'm unoccupied.

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