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 land>b : 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.
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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