- having no contents; empty; void: a vacant niche.
- having no occupant; unoccupied: no vacant seats on this train.
- not in use: a vacant room.
- devoid of thought or reflection: a vacant mind.
- characterized by, showing, or proceeding from lack of thought or intelligence: a vacant answer; a vacant expression on a face.
- not occupied by an incumbent, official, or the like, as a benefice or office.
- free from work, business, activity, etc.: vacant hours.
- characterized by or proceeding from absence of occupation: a vacant life.
- devoid or destitute (often followed by of): He was vacant of human sympathy.
- having no tenant and devoid of furniture, fixtures, etc. (distinguished from unoccupied): a vacant house.
- idle or unutilized; open to any claimant, as land.
- without an incumbent; having no heir or claimant; abandoned: a vacant estate.
Origin of vacant
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Examples from the Web for vacant
Set among the vacant houses of suburban New Mexico, the film offers a bleak perspective on the possibility of growth and renewal.After The Fall: Introducing The Anti-Villain
December 21, 2014
This is a tremendous find, not just because he discovered all these first veterans of our first war in a vacant lot.The Real-Life Raiders of the Lost Ark
November 14, 2014
They are often set in quasi-rural areas, with vast parking lots and vacant land surrounding them.Charging Up
The Daily Beast
October 28, 2014
There he unlocked a door and pointed dramatically to a vacant bed, looking beautifully white, wide and deep.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
It takes a lot of hard work to appear that vacant, but Pedrad had been perfecting Kim since long before she landed on SNL.SNL’s Kim Kardashian Konundrum: Why Nasim Pedrad’s Exit Hurts So Much
September 26, 2014
He turned and faced Percival, looking from him to his sandwich with vacant eyes.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The feeling then was reciprocal, and he was proposed for the vacant seat.
Novels are taken up to amuse the vacant hour—in this consists their use.
Mr. Gladstone was invited to the vacant place, but declined.
A man cutting brush in a vacant lot leaned on his axe to look after us.The Bacillus of Beauty
- without any contents; empty
- (postpositive foll by of) devoid (of something specified)
- having no incumbent; unoccupieda vacant post
- having no tenant or occupanta vacant house
- characterized by or resulting from lack of thought or intelligent awarenessa vacant stare
- (of time, etc) not allocated to any activitya vacant hour in one's day
- spent in idleness or inactivitya vacant life
- law (of an estate, etc) having no heir or claimant
Word Origin and History for vacant
late 13c., from Old French vacant, from Latin vacantem (nominative vacans), present participle of vacare "to be empty" (see vain). Related: Vacantly.