vacant

adjective va·cant \ ˈvā-kənt \

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
6 a :not put to use
  • vacant land
b :having no heir or claimant :abandoned
  • a vacant estate

vacantly

adverb

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.

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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"

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

adjective

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

adjective va·cant \ ˈvā-kənt \

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

vacantly

adverb

Law Dictionary

vacant

adjective va·cant

legal Definition of vacant

1 :not filled or occupied
2 a :not put to use
  • vacant land
b :having no heir or claimant
  • a vacant estate


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