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 Banner Desert activated its surge plan on Friday, which includes using unoccupied areas in the adjacent Cardon Children's Medical Center. Cleo Krejci, The Arizona Republic, "Banner Health activates surge plans as COVID-19 hospitalizations grow," 27 June 2020 And, as with the parking spots, every other roller coaster seat is left unoccupied. Richard Marini,, "Six Flags Fiesta Texas reopens with plenty of new COVID-19 precautions," 21 June 2020 Police boarded up the East Precinct building in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and left it unoccupied after tensions with demonstrators reached boiling point during protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Kevin Flower, CNN, "Shooting in Seattle protest zone leaves one dead. Police say 'violent crowd' denied them entry," 20 June 2020 An employee was also inside the Camas Hotel when Won Dong Lee Kim, 30, of Camas started a fire in an unoccupied room, police said. oregonlive, "Manager accused of lighting fire in occupied Camas Hotel," 18 June 2020 Entry had been made; however, nothing was missing from the unoccupied home. Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Villages Police Department weekly report," 15 June 2020 Tim Mason, a spokesman for the El Mirage Police Department, said the fire caused significant damage, but the home was unoccupied during the blaze. Helen Wieffering, azcentral, "Police suspect arson after El Mirage house tied to drug scheme catches fire," 14 June 2020 As part of a deal with Broward County prosecutors, Brown pleaded no contest to burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief. NBC News, "NFL free agent Antonio Brown gets probation for fight with driver," 13 June 2020 Brown faced one count each of battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief less than $1,000. Mallika Kallingal And Jamiel Lynch, CNN, "Antonio Brown gets probation after changing his plea in battery case," 12 June 2020

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First Known Use of unoccupied

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unoccupied.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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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