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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In Southern California, a smoky forest fire raged Wednesday in mostly unoccupied land — but firefighting crews were concerned the flames could race down hillsides toward foothill communities. Fox News, "Battling 18 blazes, California may face worst fire season," 9 Aug. 2018 Interior’s supposedly radical change is that the agency should first consider where a critter actually lives and clarify under what circumstances unoccupied land might be included. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Endangered Species Scare," 26 July 2018 Arriving officers were told the device had been found in an unoccupied apartment that was undergoing repairs. Ian Cummings And Aaron Randle, kansascity, "'Improvised explosive device' was found in Independence apartment, police say | The Kansas City Star," 27 Feb. 2018 Turning the heating temperature down at night and then back up in the morning saves a significant amount of energy, as does turning the air-conditioning temperature up when the home is unoccupied. Henry Gifford, Popular Mechanics, "Your House Is Bleeding You Dry. Here Are 9 Steps To Save You Money.," 8 Aug. 2018 Early in the day, have teens or unoccupied adults think up scavenger hunt clues (bonus points for Thanksgiving puns) and hide them around the house and yard. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "12 Thanksgiving Tradition Ideas for the Best Holiday Ever," 28 Aug. 2018 Orange County Fire Authority Captain Steve Concialdi said the plane struck an unoccupied car on the lot, which services a Staples store and a CVS pharmacy. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Small plane crashes in Southern California parking lot, 5 killed, authorities say," 5 Aug. 2018 An unoccupied car was struck by a train at North 68th and West State streets in Wauwatosa on Tuesday night. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Train hits unoccupied car on tracks in Wauwatosa," 26 June 2018 About 45 minutes later, a sedan crashed into an unoccupied squad car blocking the road while police investigated the first accident, Gilgenberg said. Hannah Leone,, "Man charged with DUI after crashing into police car at scene of another drunk driving crash: state police," 8 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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