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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The suspected driver, a juvenile whose name hasn’t been released, fled the scene, and his car was found unoccupied several miles away. Jennifer Kovaleski, The Denver Post, "Man killed in vehicle-pedestrian crash at Gaylord Rockies Resort died saving others, family says," 1 July 2019 The officer drove to that address and saw the suspect vehicle parked in the apartment complex, apparently unoccupied. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Police: After chase, man rammed East Hartford cruiser," 24 June 2019 Concerns about the legality of a for-profit party that attracted hundreds to an unoccupied Gould Avenue mansion Saturday have drawn La Cañada city officials and sheriff’s detectives into a complicated tale of ownership, vacancy and tenants’ rights. Sara Cardine,, "For-profit party at La Cañada house leads officials to a homeowner battling squatters," 19 June 2019 Researchers at the University of Arizona made exciting strides this year in the development of flexible radios that hop from one unoccupied narrow-band frequency to another to avoid interference. Popular Mechanics, "The Invisible Battle for America’s Airwaves," 17 June 2019 Dozens of unoccupied tables surround the buffet restaurant; vacant chairs lie scattered near the serpentine pool. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "For the Dominican Republic, 6 U.S. tourist deaths, the shooting of David Ortiz and a new image problem," 12 June 2019 Many unoccupied territories are simply allowed to burn; remote outposts can only be protected by smokejumpers able to parachute to the rescue. Mark Jenkins, National Geographic, "When wildfires break out, this elite team of ‘smokejumpers’ parachute in," 12 June 2019 Plus, the distinctive look helps to market the building, whose apartments range from studios that go for $2,100 a month to a penthouse (still unoccupied) whose monthly charge is $12,000. Blair Kamin,, "A new oval apartment tower breaks out of the box and brightens downtown’s western edge," 12 June 2019 After interviewing several people, deputies identified Jones as the suspect, and found his car unoccupied., "Man allegedly steals thousands in $2 bills, $8,000 worth of coins in North Bend," 10 June 2019

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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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