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
Weiss originally bought the boyhood home, then rundown and vacant, for $70,000 in 2012.
In all, five of the eight most senior posts in the department’s Bureau of African Affairs are vacant or filled by people in an acting capacity.
Alonso, who assumes the position left vacant by longtime president Harve Mogul, has a long history in the South Florida community.
Instead, the finance ministry denounced the decline and swiftly filled the vacant position of governor.
In 2014, with Mayor Tim Baldermann leading the negotiations, the village bought the four businesses at that corner — BP Amoco, Hutchins Cleaners, Pit Stop Tavern and the vacant House of Hughes — which will be replaced by at least four new ones.
Yet three visits to Germany by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to date, the latest just last month, suggest the two nations are aligned on stepping more broadly into a space that the U.S. has, at least temporarily, left vacant under Trump’s presidency.
A key aspect of the initiative is to focus on people and places that have a disproportionate impact on an area, whether it’s habitual offenders or businesses and vacant homes that become a magnet for criminal activity.
The lot has remained vacant since the Market Place TIF started in 2007.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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