va·​cant | \ ˈvā-kənt How to pronounce vacant (audio) \

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

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Other Words from vacant

vacantly adverb
vacantness noun

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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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web That Burger Joint and Woodgrain Pizzeria is planned on vacant property on the west side of Carmel off Michigan Road. Brittany Carloni, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Oct. 2021 This includes more than 15 corner locations, several flagships and in some areas – entire blocks of vacant storefronts. Sharon Edelson, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 The almost 37-acre vacant property is near the intersection of Irving Boulevard and Inwood Road on Conveyor Lane. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 20 Sep. 2021 Retail and food options are similar to other malls, visitors pointed out while also noting a conspicuous number of still-vacant storefronts and an absence of shoppers. Ron Hurtibise,, 18 Sep. 2021 The 43-acre vacant property where Apple hosted the encampment sits not far from the headquarters of the payment processing company PayPal and across the street from some eBay offices, just a few miles north of downtown San Jose. NBC News, 15 Sep. 2021 The property has been vacant for more than six years. Victoria Magee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Oct. 2021 The home was vacant for months until Dominguez decided to move her family in. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Oct. 2021 And in Fort Worth, about 11% of offices were vacant, Transwestern estimates. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 4 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of vacant

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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"

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23 Oct 2021

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“Vacant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of vacant

: not filled, used, or lived in
: not occupied by a person : available to be taken by someone
: showing no indication of what someone is thinking, feeling, etc.


va·​cant | \ ˈvā-kənt How to pronounce vacant (audio) \

Kids Definition of vacant

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

Other Words from vacant

vacantly adverb



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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