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.
- va·cant·ly, adverb
- va·cant·ness, noun
- non·va·cant, adjective
- non·va·cant·ly, adverb
- un·va·cant, adjective
- un·va·cant·ly, adverb
- vacant , vacuous
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How to use vacant in a sentence
He said he did not know how the city might repurpose the vacant space if the libraries moved out of the recreation centers.D.C. library system wants to build new branches, including a first in Adams Morgan | Julie Zauzmer | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
He filled 17 vacant positions and blasted out reminders to those voting by mail to sign the back of the envelope.‘We will not allow anyone to stop us’: Day and night, under historic scrutiny, the nation’s vote counters carried on | Amy Gardner, Reis Thebault, Hannah Knowles, Michelle Lee | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
Democratic Party-endorsed candidates David Priddy and Cristina Diaz-Torres won two vacant positions on the five-member school board, joining three members also endorsed by the Democrats.Washington-area voters elect new school board members at unprecedented moment for education | Perry Stein, Hannah Natanson | November 4, 2020 | Washington Post
The entire process of strong-arming Judge Barrett into the seat left vacant by the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is soaked in sickness more malignant than the cancer that claimed the late Justice.
Following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia 269 days before the 2016 election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell left Scalia’s Supreme Court seat vacant.This year’s elections will decide whether America witnesses a third Reconstruction | David Love | October 29, 2020 | Washington Post
As he entered, Mr. Ducksmith regarded him vacantly over the top of his gold-rimmed glasses.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
She vacantly hummed a fantastic tune as she poked at the wood embers on the hearth and munched a cracker.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
He stepped to me, as I sat there in the chair staring vacantly into the fire, and laid a hand on my shoulder.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
He noticed them vacantly and took a curious impersonal interest in the two dim figures standing close together outside the window.Winston of the Prairie | Harold Bindloss
Winston looked steadily in front of him, vacantly noticing the rows of faces turned towards him under the big lamps.Winston of the Prairie | Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for vacant
without any contents; empty
(postpositive foll by of) devoid (of something specified)
having no incumbent; unoccupied: a vacant post
having no tenant or occupant: a vacant house
characterized by or resulting from lack of thought or intelligent awareness: a vacant stare
(of time, etc) not allocated to any activity: a vacant hour in one's day
spent in idleness or inactivity: a vacant life
law (of an estate, etc) having no heir or claimant
- vacantly, adverb
- vacantness, noun
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