un·​oc·​cu·​pied ˌən-ˈä-kyə-ˌpīd How to pronounce unoccupied (audio)
: not occupied: such as
: not busy : unemployed
: 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 According to neighbors, the house that slid down the hill was unoccupied. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 5 Feb. 2024 Ensure that doors and windows are locked when the home is unoccupied and at night. Anne Kniggendorf, Kansas City Star, 31 Jan. 2024 Though our cottage held two units, the other would be unoccupied. Jane Wooldridge, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 The car was unoccupied with the keys still present, but some items were missing from the vehicle. Isha Trivedi, The Mercury News, 23 Jan. 2024 Thompson allegedly approached her, told her that the first class lavatory was unoccupied and escorted her toward first class. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 18 Jan. 2024 Martin was arrested in 2014 on charges of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, grand theft in the third degree and grand theft of a firearm, court records show. Angie Dimichele, Sun Sentinel, 4 Jan. 2024 Northbound service to San Francisco resumed by 9:15 a.m., though residual delays were still impacting train service as of 10 a.m. Earlier this week, a Caltrain hit an unoccupied car in south Palo Alto at the Charleston Road crossing. Austin Turner, The Mercury News, 26 Jan. 2024 The utility said more than 100 employees volunteered Saturday to identify breaks, and residents were urged to report leaks in the street, at homes and in unoccupied buildings. Adrian Sainz, Fortune, 20 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unoccupied was in the 15th century

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“Unoccupied.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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un·​oc·​cu·​pied ˌən-ˈäk-yə-ˌpīd How to pronounce unoccupied (audio)
: not busy : unemployed
: not occupied : empty
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