va·​can·​cy | \ ˈvā-kən(t)-sē How to pronounce vacancy (audio) \
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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Federal Trade Commission member Noah Phillips plans to resign by this fall, creating a vacancy for a Republican on the five-member panel. Dave Michaels, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2022 Schlossberg estimated the vacancy of the 420,000 square foot tower, at the corner of Church and Main, with its 2-story lobby, to be under 20%. Kenneth R. Gosselin, Hartford Courant, 8 Aug. 2022 Adding taxes, fees or other requirements, such as a vacancy tax, will further increase costs and lower affordability. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 July 2022 But under President Trump, McConnell filled a vacancy less than three months before voters headed to the polls. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 29 July 2022 But after Discovery closed on its merger with Warners in April, Haubegger and her CEO were out, leaving the new Warner Bros. Discovery as the only major in town with a CDO vacancy. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 July 2022 District 219 is accepting applications from residents interested in filling the board vacancy that Manrique’s departure has left. Brian L. Cox, Chicago Tribune, 25 July 2022 An environmental lawyer in the Department of Justice's Civil Division, Clark briefly oversaw the division during the final days of the Trump administration because of a vacancy. Erin Mansfield, USA TODAY, 22 July 2022 Among the recommendations the panel wants implemented over the next two years is a vacancy tax, which would tax the owners of undeveloped lots as well as landlords who have empty units. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 July 2022 See More

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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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11 Aug 2022

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“Vacancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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va·​can·​cy | \ ˈvā-kən-sē How to pronounce vacancy (audio) \
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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