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.
Recent Examples on the Web For years the school building was unoccupied, until the 41-year-old Mr. Rumback, who attended the school as a child, bought it in 2015. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, 10 June 2021 The vehicle was unoccupied when police arrived, but its driver, a man, was still on the scene. cleveland, 14 May 2021 But, in a very practical sense, the difference between naming a place and putting an unoccupied building there is straightforward as the physical building can create a lasting environmental impact. Leah Feiger, The Atlantic, 3 Mar. 2021 The studio storefront, which is currently unoccupied, sits on a small corner of a 1.7-acre parcel that also contains a shuttered Rite-Aid. Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 Báez, still just feet from home plate, excitedly gestured a safe call before realizing that first base was unoccupied. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 27 May 2021 Her car was found unoccupied at the scene of an accident on the I-10 bridge in Baton Rouge, according to LSU. Shawn Nottingham, Raja Razek And Travis Caldwell, CNN, 14 Apr. 2021 Kori Gauthier’s car was found unoccupied at the scene of an accident on the Mississippi River bridge on Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge, according to CNN. Tim Darnell, ajc, 10 Apr. 2021 Her vehicle was later found unoccupied near 18th Street, according to Sgt. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of unoccupied

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jun 2021

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“Unoccupied.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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