va·​can·​cy | \ ˈvā-kən(t)-sē How to pronounce vacancy (audio) \
plural vacancies

Definition of vacancy

1 : a vacant office, post, or tenancy
2a : a vacating of an office, post, or piece of property
b : the time such office or property is vacant
3 : physical or mental inactivity or relaxation : idleness
4 : empty space : void specifically : an unoccupied site for an atom or ion in a crystal
5 : the state of being vacant : vacuity
6 archaic : an interval of leisure

Examples of vacancy in a Sentence

School administrators are trying to fill vacancies before the beginning of the school year. There were no vacancies at the hotel.
Recent Examples on the Web The deal builds upon modest growth in the city’s office market at the end of 2021, when the vacancy rate fell slightly to 19.9% from 20.5% in the prior quarter. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Jan. 2022 Calgary, the corporate hub of Canada’s energy industry, had a commercial-real-estate vacancy rate of 33% in the third quarter of 2021. Vipal Monga, WSJ, 13 Jan. 2022 Overall, downtown Louisville had a vacancy rate of 20.3% by the end of the third quarter of 2021, according to Cushman & Wakefield. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, 5 Jan. 2022 According to a report released by the Business Improvement District for downtown D.C., the office vacancy rate in the fall was at record highs: nearly 17 percent, with more than 9.6 million square feet unoccupied. Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2021 When the promotional effort was launched, downtown Medina had about a 30 percent vacancy rate, Wiederhold said. cleveland, 1 Dec. 2021 The downtown/Historic Third Ward/Walker's Point office vacancy rate was 19% for the quarter ending Sept. 30, according to the latest survey from Newmark Group commercial real estate services firm. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Nov. 2021 The office vacancy rate in Greater Boston has been slowly rising and stood at 14.1 percent in the second quarter, according to Cushman., 18 Nov. 2021 No statistics yet show this to be a trend, although the renter vacancy rate and the homeownership rate are lower than last year, but the time to formulate an investment strategy is before trends are evident. Ingo Winzer, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of vacancy

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 6

History and Etymology for vacancy

vac(ant) + -ancy, in part after Medieval Latin vacantia

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The first known use of vacancy was in 1598

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19 Jan 2022

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“Vacancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of vacancy

: a job or position that is available to be taken
: a room in a hotel, motel, etc., that is available for use


va·​can·​cy | \ ˈvā-kən-sē How to pronounce vacancy (audio) \
plural vacancies

Kids Definition of vacancy

1 : something (as an office or hotel room) that is vacant
2 : empty space
3 : the state of being vacant

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