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occupant

[ok-yuh-puh nt] /ˈɒk yə pənt/
noun
1.
a person, family, group, or organization that lives in, occupies, or has quarters or space in or on something:
the occupant of a taxicab; the occupants of the building.
2.
a tenant of a house, estate, office, etc.; resident.
3.
Law.
  1. an owner through occupancy.
  2. one who is in actual possession.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Middle French occupant, present participle of occuper. See occupy, -ant
Related forms
nonoccupant, noun
preoccupant, noun
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Examples for occupant
  • The novelist wrote nothing to suggest that the castle's hidden chamber had an occupant.
  • Sometimes a job denial may be less about you and more about previous occupant.
  • The oily prayer stemmed from a dispute with the cubicle's occupant, who was on vacation at the time of the unlooked-for anointing.
  • That, however, could leave the the right-rear occupant unprotected in frontal and side crashes.
  • One of the tombs was particularly rich, suggesting that in life its occupant had wielded enormous power.
  • They feed on small fish such as gobies, sometimes entering their burrows in the seabed to snag the occupant.
  • The film ends as the trunk is toted away by an expressman, leaving the fate of its occupant to the imagination of the viewer.
  • In other words, the occupant's behaviour is a crucial factor governing the use of energy.
  • They are changing away from gas powered single occupant vehicles.
  • When nature undertakes to provide a house, it fits the occupant.
British Dictionary definitions for occupant

occupant

/ˈɒkjʊpənt/
noun
1.
a person, thing, etc, holding a position or place
2.
(law) a person who has possession of something, esp an estate, house, etc; tenant
3.
(law) a person who acquires by occupancy the title to something previously without an owner
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Word Origin and History for occupant
occupant
1596, from L. occupantem (nom. occupans), prp. of occupare "to take possession of" (see occupy).
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