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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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 Three apartments remain unoccupied and probably will be for some time due to heavy water damage and some fire damage, Lenzi said. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Waukegan lightning strike causes apartment complex evacuation during storm," 16 May 2018 Officers found the vehicle unoccupied on Exchange Street in Medford around 12:11 p.m. Abigail Feldman,, "Person stole street sweeper, drove it at state trooper, police say," 2 Apr. 2018 The apartment was unoccupied and locked, the police report said. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tenant runs water for more than a month straight in other apartments to alleviate sewer smell in Brookfield," 21 Mar. 2018 With the van absent, the campsite appeared unoccupied. Ian Frazier, Outside Online, "Ian Frazier on the Freedom of His First #Vanlife Summer," 11 July 2018 La Cocina’s Tenderloin space was last a post office roughly three years ago, but has since sat unoccupied. Justin Phillips,, "La Cocina’s Tenderloin food hall takes a step forward," 11 July 2018 In the fourth, Green allowed Toles to bat, even after Taylor stole second and left first base unoccupied. Andy Mccullough,, "Kershaw continues to make progress on the mound in Dodgers' 8-2 win over the Padres," 10 July 2018 The gunman who is at large left the scene with the woman in the van, which has since been recovered unoccupied, Minor said. Joe Robertson And Tess Vrbin, kansascity, "Gunman in Red Bridge Road shootout that hurt child still at large; police want help," 28 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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