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

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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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Monday’s moves left the Dodgers with an open spot on their 25-man roster, but outfielder A.J. Pollock is expected to fill the vacancy. Jorge Castillo,, "Dodgers activate Corey Seager off 10-day injured list," 10 July 2019 His term on the District 2 seat representing Northeast Bexar County ends in 2022, and the board now has the option of calling a special election or appointing a replacement until the next regular board election in May to fill the vacancy. Liz Teitz,, "Longtime Alamo Colleges trustee to resign, halfway through his term," 8 July 2019 Brown, who was appointed to fill a vacancy in 1991 and re-elected six times without significant opposition, took office at a time when there were more than 2,000 murders a year in New York City and politicians all promised to fight crime. Washington Post, "Queens DA race emerges as battleground for liberal Democrats," 21 June 2019 He was then named to fill a vacancy in the Maryland House of Delegates’ 46th District when American Joe Miedusiewski left the chamber and moved to the state Senate after the death in 1988 of Joseph S. Bonvegna. Jacques Kelly,, "Donald G. Hammen, former Baltimore City Council member, dies," 15 June 2019 Rehberg was appointed to the board in October 2012 to fill a vacancy before being elected to the position in April 2013. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "Carpentersville trustee resigns board seat because he's relocating to Florida," 6 June 2019 Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon was promoted to the front of the bench to fill the vacancy of James Borrego, who left to become the head coach of the Charlotte Hornets, the team announced. Julia Poe,, "Spurs Promote Assistant Coach Becky Hammon To Top Assistant, Replaces James Borrego," 27 June 2018 The better part of a year has passed since the Trump administration nominated Bridenstine to fill the vacancy. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "After 15 months, NASA finally has an administrator [Updated]," 19 Apr. 2018 Sadly, even with a Rooney Rule requiring at least one minority candidate be interviewed for every vacancy, many NFL teams have fallen under some spell in thinking the head coach absolutely has to be a quarterback whisperer. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: NFL hiring trends feel like familiar problem for minority candidates," 25 June 2019

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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

formal : 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 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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