vacant

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adjective va·cant \ˈvā-kənt\

Definition of vacant

  1. 1 :  not occupied by an incumbent, possessor, or officer a vacant office vacant thrones

  2. 2 :  being without content or occupant a vacant seat on a bus a vacant room

  3. 3 :  free from activity or work :  disengaged vacant hours

  4. 4 :  devoid of thought, reflection, or expression a vacant smile

  5. 5 :  not lived in vacant houses

  6. 6a :  not put to use vacant landb :  having no heir or claimant :  abandoned a vacant estate

vacantly

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vacantness

noun

Examples of vacant in a sentence

  1. These lockers are all vacant.

  2. The seat was left vacant when the secretary resigned.

  3. He had a vacant expression on his face.

Origin and Etymology of vacant

Middle English vacaunt, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin vacant-, vacans, present participle of vacāre “to be empty or unoccupied, have space, be free,”; perhaps akin to Hittite wakkāari “lacks,” wakšyi- “be lacking”


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of vacant

empty, vacant, blank, void, vacuous mean lacking contents which could or should be present. empty suggests a complete absence of contents an empty bucket. vacant suggests an absence of appropriate contents or occupants a vacant apartment. blank stresses the absence of any significant, relieving, or intelligible features on a surface a blank wall. void suggests absolute emptiness as far as the mind or senses can determine a statement void of meaning. vacuous suggests the emptiness of a vacuum and especially the lack of intelligence or significance a vacuous facial expression.


VACANT Defined for English Language Learners

vacant

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adjective va·cant \ˈvā-kənt\

Definition of vacant for English Language Learners

  • : not filled, used, or lived in

  • of a job or position : not occupied by a person : available to be taken by someone

  • : showing no indication of what someone is thinking, feeling, etc.


VACANT Defined for Kids

vacant

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adjective va·cant \ˈvā-kənt\

Definition of vacant for Students

  1. 1 :  not filled, used, or lived in a vacant house a vacant lot a vacant job position

  2. 2 :  showing a lack of thought or expression vacant eyes

  3. 3 :  free from duties or care vacant hours

vacantly

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Law Dictionary

vacant

adjective va·cant

Legal Definition of vacant

  1. 1 :  not filled or occupied

  2. 2a :  not put to use vacant land b :  having no heir or claimant a vacant estate



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