va·​can·​cy | \ˈvā-kən(t)-sē \
plural vacancies

Definition of vacancy 

1 : a vacant office, post, or tenancy

2a : a vacating of an office, post, or piece of property

b : the time such office or property is vacant

3 : physical or mental inactivity or relaxation : idleness

4 : empty space : void specifically : an unoccupied site for an atom or ion in a crystal

5 : the state of being vacant : vacuity

6 archaic : an interval of leisure

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Examples of vacancy in a Sentence

School administrators are trying to fill vacancies before the beginning of the school year. There were no vacancies at the hotel.

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If Hof wins in the heavily GOP assembly district, officials will nominate another Republican to fill the vacancy, Thorley said. Michelle L. Price, The Seattle Times, "Nevada legal pimp, candidate, star of HBO series found dead," 17 Oct. 2018 If Kavanaugh stumbles, Republicans may struggle to fill the vacancy with a conservative voice. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Kavanaugh is short of votes, but fate hinges on upcoming testimony," 25 Sep. 2018 In 1991 Clarence Thomas, a federal judge, was President George H.W. Bush’s choice to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the retirement of Justice Thurgood Marshall. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Clarence Thomas Hearings Redux," 18 Sep. 2018 The discussion focused on President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to the Supreme Court, to fill the vacancy left by Justice Anthony Kennedy upon his retirement upcoming July 31. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Q and A: Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski on vetting Trump’s new Supreme Court nominee," 10 July 2018 On Monday, President Donald Trump is expected to announce his nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, who announced his retirement in late June. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Think President Trump Is About to Remake the Federal Judiciary? To Some Degree, He Already Has," 8 July 2018 The District 303 School Board will interview six of 14 candidates who applied to fill the board vacancy created by the resignation of Jim Gaffney Jr., district spokeswoman Carol Smith said. Staff Report, Elgin Courier-News, "Six of 14 applicants to be interviewed to fill Gaffney's D303 board seat," 6 July 2018 Though with Ryan out another 3-to-5 weeks, Lahoud can fill the vacancy and plug the hole between the midfield and backline. Charlie Hatch,, "Michael Lahoud is a midfield buoy for FC Cincinnati in USL play," 5 July 2018 With James gone, Antetokounmpo has the opportunity to fill the vacancy as the conference's top dog. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With LeBron James gone, Giannis Antetokounmpo motivated to prove he's the best in Eastern Conference," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of vacancy

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 6

History and Etymology for vacancy

vac(ant) + -ancy, in part after Medieval Latin vacantia

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The first known use of vacancy was in 1598

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English Language Learners Definition of vacancy

: a job or position that is available to be taken

: a room in a hotel, motel, etc., that is available for use


va·​can·​cy | \ˈvā-kən-sē \
plural vacancies

Kids Definition of vacancy

1 : something (as an office or hotel room) that is vacant

2 : empty space

3 : the state of being vacant

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