un·​oc·​cu·​pied | \ ˌən-ˈä-kyə-ˌpīd How to pronounce unoccupied (audio) \

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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Utilizing such a large, unoccupied space with existing infrastructure that aligns well with our typical center design allows us to also move quickly in completing necessary updates and begin further hiring within the market. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Customer service technology firm bringing 500 jobs to Duluth," 7 July 2018 Even with the two leases, there still remains more than 17,000 square feet of unoccupied retail space in UConn building. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "UConn Campus At Hartford's Front Street Gets First Retail Leases," 26 June 2018 As motorists enter the garage, there will be signage quantifying the number of unoccupied spaces on each floor, and each level will also have signs with the same information. Lori Weisberg,, "San Diego airport adds more parking spaces with three-level, high-tech garage," 17 May 2018 The Kushner family’s biggest holding, a skyscraper on Fifth Avenue, is 30 percent unoccupied and has a $1.2 billion mortgage due early next year. Stephen Braun, Washington Post, "SEC dropped inquiry a month after firm aided Kushner company," 6 Mar. 2018 Suntrust Park Memorial is an unoccupied seat, and it is dedicated, in fact, to the memory of the brave men and women who sacrificed so much and served this country. Fox News, "ABC axes 'Roseanne' following star's racially-charged tweet," 30 May 2018 This unoccupied seat is dedicated to the memory of those brave men and women and to the sacrifices made in serving this country. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Moving Photo of Braves Fan Holding Umbrella for Marine Corps Junior ROTC Cadet Goes Viral," 29 May 2018 The flights lasted between three and a half and five hours, and most had no unoccupied seats. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "How Not to Get Sick on a Plane? Choose Your Seat Wisely," 22 Mar. 2018 Firstly, Japan's population is aging rapidly leading to homes being left unoccupied when owners die or move to retirement or nursing homes. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "The Free Homes Being Given Away In Japan Actually Have Some Scary History," 6 Dec. 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 How to pronounce unoccupied (audio) \

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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