vacant

[vey-kuh nt]

adjective


Origin of vacant

1250–1300; Middle English < Latin vacant- (stem of vacāns, present participle of vacāre to be empty); see -ant
Related formsva·cant·ly, adverbva·cant·ness, nounnon·va·cant, adjectivenon·va·cant·ly, adverbun·va·cant, adjectiveun·va·cant·ly, adverb
Can be confusedvacant vacuous vapid

Synonyms for vacant

1, 2. See empty. 5. blank, vacuous, inane.
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vacant

adjective

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
Derived Formsvacantly, adverbvacantness, noun

Word Origin for vacant

C13: from Latin vacāre to be empty
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Word Origin and History for vacant
adj.

late 13c., from Old French vacant, from Latin vacantem (nominative vacans), present participle of vacare "to be empty" (see vain). Related: Vacantly.

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