Definition of vacant
1 : not occupied by an incumbent, possessor, or officer a vacant office vacant thrones
2 : being without content or occupant a vacant seat on a bus a vacant room
3 : free from activity or work : disengaged vacant hours
4 : devoid of thought, reflection, or expression a vacant smile
5 : not lived in vacant houses
6a : not put to use vacant landb : having no heir or claimant : abandoned a vacant estate
Examples of vacant in a Sentence
These lockers are all vacant.
The seat was left vacant when the secretary resigned.
He had a vacant expression on his face.
Recent Examples of vacant from the Web
In that long-ago world before social media, young children played hide-and-seek without fear, girls jumped double Dutch on sidewalks and asphalt playgrounds while boys played baseball and football in vacant lots.
Just last year, the VA reported that $26 million is spent on operating and maintaining 370 vacant buildings and 770 underutilized buildings.
In the past six years, the bodies of three homicide victims were dumped at vacant Emerson, Horace Mann and Riley schools.
The seat has been vacant since 2013, and Tabor Hughes never received a hearing, because blue slips were not returned.
The old Liberty National building on 20th street between Third and Fourth avenues south has been sitting vacant since 2010.
Former Hialeah attorney William Grodnick, in a 2013 legal opinion, described a term of office as four years but added that an official who fills a vacant seat partway into a term should not be counted as having served a term.
A two-bedroom house with storm damage costs about $250,000, and a vacant oceanfront lot of 26 by 100 feet sells for about $500,000.
As a result, otherwise vacant underground bunkers now serve a new purpose: housing for the city's poor.
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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
VACANT Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of vacant for Students
1 : not filled, used, or lived in a vacant house a vacant lot a vacant job position
2 : showing a lack of thought or expression vacant eyes
3 : free from duties or care vacant hours
Legal Definition of vacant
1 : not filled or occupied
2a : not put to use vacant land b : having no heir or claimant a vacant estate
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