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 The few unoccupied cots bared the bright logo of the American Red Cross. Rick Childress, Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2022 Police discovered an unoccupied semi-truck that appeared to have been completely submerged in water at one point. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, 28 July 2022 Four people, including a 5-year-old boy, were injured when a car crashed through an unoccupied toll booth and ended up in the Atlantic Ocean, officials said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 27 July 2022 Four years after the entertainment complex opened, in 2004, nearly 5,000 square feet of commercial space remained unoccupied in the original 100,000-square-foot center, where the theaters occupy about 40,000 square feet. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 July 2022 May 21 when it was found parked and unoccupied in the middle of a roadway, partially obstructing two lanes. Brian Lisik, cleveland, 20 June 2022 Those numbers were then compared against homeowner vacancy rates and rental vacancy rates, which measure the proportion of unoccupied homeowner and rental inventory. William Thornton |, al, 18 July 2022 First responders had left the scene by about 4 p.m., Roche said, since the unoccupied building did not pose any immediate risk of injury. Bailey Allen,, 15 July 2022 Before intensifying the fire, the Cranston man stood on top of the unoccupied cruiser, threw something at it and joined others in trying to flip it onto its side, prosecutors said. Fox News, 14 July 2022 See More

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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 10 Aug. 2022.

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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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