vacancy

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noun va·can·cy \ ˈvā-kən(t)-sē \

Definition of vacancy

plural vacancies
1 :a vacant office, post, or tenancy
2 a :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

Examples of vacancy in a Sentence

  1. School administrators are trying to fill vacancies before the beginning of the school year.

  2. There were no vacancies at the hotel.

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Origin and Etymology of vacancy

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


VACANCY Defined for English Language Learners

vacancy

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Definition of vacancy for English Language Learners

  • : a job or position that is available to be taken

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


VACANCY Defined for Kids

vacancy

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noun va·can·cy \ ˈvā-kən-sē \

Definition of vacancy for Students

plural vacancies
1 :something (as an office or hotel room) that is vacant
2 :empty space
3 :the state of being vacant


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