A vacant apartment.
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.
- 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 of vacantOld French ; from Classical Latin vacans, present participle of vacare, to be empty
- a. Containing nothing; empty: vacant space.b. Not occupied or put to use: a vacant row of seats.c. Without an incumbent or occupant; unfilled: a vacant position.d. Not filled with any activity: vacant hours. See Synonyms at empty.
- Law Lacking an identified heir: a vacant estate.
- a. Lacking intelligence or knowledge: a vacant mind.b. Lacking expression; blank: a vacant stare.
Origin of vacantMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin vac&amacron;ns, vacant-, present participle of vac&amacron;re, to be empty; see eu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.