Meaning of vacant in English:


Pronunciation /ˈveɪk(ə)nt/

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  • 1(of a place) not occupied; empty.

    ‘40 per cent of the offices are still vacant’
    • ‘The site was previously occupied by a vacant detached bungalow.’
    • ‘There was one vacant place in the disabled parking area.’
    • ‘There were no vehicles around; the place was vacant except for a forklift and some stacked wooden crates.’
    • ‘Enormous numbers of vacant units could be occupied immediately by families with these housing vouchers.’
    • ‘We were negotiating to buy property a couple of miles away when four blocks of vacant land became available across the street from my other buildings.’
    • ‘She breezes in and sits in the vacant chair on my right.’
    • ‘Set amid a cobbled row of upmarket mews flats, he has made the most of a vacant site to create a pair of light, spacious executive homes that blend with their historic surroundings.’
    • ‘The site is currently vacant and is used for environmental monitoring to ensure the former refuse site next door is not contaminating surrounding land.’
    • ‘There was even a vacant space next to my car when I left it.’
    • ‘The place has been vacant for a year.’
    • ‘The man slowly pulled his vehicle into the now vacant space.’
    • ‘There is only one vacant house in the area.’
    • ‘The vacuum left by vacant land is a powerful pull factor for new developments.’
    • ‘People have begun occupying vacant land.’
    • ‘This ward has the most vacant lots in the city… about 600.’
    • ‘Over five years ago it had decided to sell its farms when they fell vacant.’
    • ‘There was even a vacant space next to my car when I left it.’
    • ‘She sat down on a vacant plastic chair, rolling her sore shoulders backwards.’
    • ‘Chris plopped into a vacant patio chair, shielding his eyes from the sun.’
    • ‘The funding will help to improve business premises, bringing vacant or under-used floorspace back into use and assist new-build projects.’
    empty, unoccupied, unfilled, free, available, not in use, unused, unengaged, uninhabited, untenanted, tenantless, to let, for sale, on the market, abandoned, deserted
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    1. 1.1(of a position or employment) not filled.
      ‘the President resigned and the post was left vacant’
      • ‘They also demanded that the government fill all vacant positions and issue employees with at least four sets of uniforms.’
      • ‘For a fraction of the cost of newspaper ads, companies can fill their vacant positions within days.’
      • ‘A $15 million deficit this year resulted in a freeze on filling vacant positions and buying office and classroom supplies.’
      • ‘We anticipate a severe nursing shortage in the next few years and presently do not have enough lab or x-ray techs to fill vacant positions.’
      • ‘Bradford on Avon police has one special constable, a voluntary, part time position, but is planning to advertise for more people to fill vacant positions.’
      • ‘Church members are more aware of volunteer opportunities, and vacant positions are being filled.’
      • ‘It will be responsible for people's postings, promotions and assisting in filling vacant positions.’
      • ‘One major concern for the depots was the amount of time required to fill vacant positions.’
      • ‘Most hospitals are scrambling like crazy to try to fill vacant positions.’
      • ‘Despite the economic slowdown, there is still a need for overseas workers to fill positions that remain vacant in many industries.’
      • ‘It decided against filling the vacant post and the position won't be reviewed until later in the year.’
      • ‘Three months later the vacant position at the school has still not been filled and it seems there is no sign of the position being filled in the immediate future.’
      • ‘In addition to lay-offs, another 150 vacant positions will not be filled.’
      • ‘Already-strapped budgets were being cut further and all vacant positions were frozen, leaving a staffing shortage throughout campus.’
      • ‘There were nine candidates for the vacant position.’
      • ‘The result has been posts being left vacant for months as the University finds it hard to fill them.’
      • ‘More than one in 12 social worker posts are currently vacant.’
      • ‘Robinson encourages him to apply for the deputy news editor position currently vacant at the paper.’
      • ‘The post fell vacant following Stuart Gulliver's decision to take up a new academic position.’
      • ‘The council adopted a policy of merging schools where the position of headteacher at one falls vacant.’
  • 2Having or showing no intelligence or interest.

    ‘a vacant stare’
    • ‘He stared back with a vacant expression and his mouth slightly ajar.’
    • ‘As our flashlights shone across his face, he looked up with a lifeless, vacant expression.’
    • ‘His vacant eyes lifted to stare out into the distance.’
    • ‘As he left, he cast one last, longing glance in her direction, receiving nothing in exchange but the same cold, vacant stare from her.’
    • ‘His eyes, vacant and glassy, stared silently at the sky.’
    • ‘She noticed Vincent's vacant look as he stared down at the river.’
    • ‘Twenty-four pairs of glossy, vacant eyes stared back up at me and I felt my self-confidence begin to falter.’
    • ‘Her vacant, doe-eyed stare into the camera shows little of the star quality that would make her a Hollywood legend.’
    • ‘His eyes were open but vacant, staring at something that wasn't even there.’
    • ‘She fixes those beady eyes on me, and I give her my best vacant stare back.’
    • ‘He brushed a hand through his hair, his vacant blue eyes staring off to the side.’
    • ‘He sits in an old rocking chair on a porch, a guitar on his knee and a vacant stare on his face.’
    • ‘He was carrying a plastic shopping bag and had a fairly benign, but vacant, expression on his face.’
    • ‘An endless parade of hungry children with vacant expressions overwhelmed them.’
    • ‘In a doorway, three young boys stare out with vacant eyes, inhaling deeply from glass jars filled with glue or gasoline.’
    • ‘He can't see my face, hasn't noticed my largely vacant expression.’
    • ‘Blake gazed at the both of them then, his face becoming more vacant.’
    • ‘A couple seconds passed, and then his confused face turned vacant, empty.’
    • ‘He was strangely giggling but his eyes remained vacant.’
    • ‘She just looked vacant, lost and empty; it was awful.’
    blank, expressionless, deadpan, inscrutable, inexpressive, poker-faced, emotionless, impassive, absent, absent-minded, uninterested, vacuous, empty, glassy, stony, wooden, motionless, lifeless, inanimate
    empty-headed, unintelligent, without thought, brainless, dense, dull-witted, thick, vacuous, inane, stupid
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Middle English from Old French, or from Latin vacant- ‘remaining empty’, from the verb vacare.