vacant

[vey-kuhnt]
adjective
1.
having no contents; empty; void: a vacant niche.
2.
having no occupant; unoccupied: no vacant seats on this train.
3.
not in use: a vacant room.
4.
devoid of thought or reflection: a vacant mind.
5.
characterized by, showing, or proceeding from lack of thought or intelligence: a vacant answer; a vacant expression on a face.
6.
not occupied by an incumbent, official, or the like, as a benefice or office.
7.
free from work, business, activity, etc.: vacant hours.
8.
characterized by or proceeding from absence of occupation: a vacant life.
9.
devoid or destitute (often followed by of ): He was vacant of human sympathy.
10.
Law.
a.
having no tenant and devoid of furniture, fixtures, etc. (distinguished from unoccupied ): a vacant house.
b.
idle or unutilized; open to any claimant, as land.
c.
without an incumbent; having no heir or claimant; abandoned: a vacant estate.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Latin vacant- (stem of vacāns, present participle of vacāre to be empty); see -ant

vacantly, adverb
vacantness, noun
nonvacant, adjective
nonvacantly, adverb
unvacant, adjective
unvacantly, adverb

vacant, vacuous, vapid.


1, 2. See empty. 5. blank, vacuous, inane.
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vacant (ˈveɪkənt)
 
adj (foll by of)
1.  without any contents; empty
2.  devoid (of something specified)
3.  having no incumbent; unoccupied: a vacant post
4.  having no tenant or occupant: a vacant house
5.  characterized by or resulting from lack of thought or intelligent awareness: a vacant stare
6.  (of time, etc) not allocated to any activity: a vacant hour in one's day
7.  spent in idleness or inactivity: a vacant life
8.  law (of an estate, etc) having no heir or claimant
 
[C13: from Latin vacāre to be empty]
 
'vacantly
 
adv
 
'vacantness
 
n

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vacant
late 13c., from O.Fr. vacant, from L. vacantem (nom. vacans), prp. of vacare "to be empty" (see vain).
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Example sentences
In the meantime, he's happy to leave the spot vacant.
It sat vacant and boarded up, used only as a home for wayward pigeons.
But vacant streets are a heart-wrenching commonplace in many little towns.
If you are concerned about trees, go plant some volunteer locally to plant
  trees in vacant lots or wood lots.
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