- The definition of vacant is empty.
When an apartment is for rent and no one is living there, this is an example of an apartment that would be described as vacant.
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- having nothing in it, as a space; devoid of contents; empty; void
- not held, filled, or occupied, as a position or office
- having no occupant: a vacant seat
- untenanted, as a room or house
- not filled with activity or work; free; leisure: vacant time
- having or showing emptiness of mind or lack of intelligence, interest, thought, etc.
- empty of thought: said of the mind
- unoccupied or unused, as land
- having no claimant, as an estate or succession
- not yet granted, as public lands
Origin: OFr from Classical Latin vacans, present participle of vacare, to be empty
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- Containing nothing; empty.
- Without an incumbent or occupant; unfilled: a vacant position.
- Not occupied or put to use: a vacant lot.
- Law Not claimed by an heir: a vacant estate.
- a. Lacking intelligence or knowledge: a vacant mind.b. Lacking expression; blank: a vacant stare.
- Not filled with any activity: vacant hours. See Synonyms at empty.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin vacāns, vacant-, present participle of vacāre, to be empty; see euə- in Indo-European roots.
- vaˈcant·ly adverb
- vaˈcant·ness noun