- 1(Of premises) having no fixtures, furniture, or inhabitants; empty. Compare with unoccupied ( sense 1).More example sentences
- This assumes the premises were left vacant in the condition required by the lease.
- All vacant premises between The Medical Hall on Greencastle Street and McAnulty's Bar on Newry Street will be flattened.
- We do not need another retail complex, just look at the number of vacant premises around the centre.
- 1.1(Of a position or office) not filled: the president resigned and the post was left vacantMore example sentences
- They also demanded that the government fill all vacant positions and issue employees with at least four sets of uniforms.
- For a fraction of the cost of newspaper ads, companies can fill their vacant positions within days.
- A $15 million deficit this year resulted in a freeze on filling vacant positions and buying office and classroom supplies.
- 1.2(Of a person or their expression) having or showing no intelligence or interest: a vacant stareMore example sentences
- He stared back with a vacant expression and his mouth slightly ajar.
- As our flashlights shone across his face, he looked up with a lifeless, vacant expression.
- His vacant eyes lifted to stare out into the distance.
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- In Oban's featureless tea rooms, elderly coach-trippers write cheerful messages on damp postcards or stare vacantly at cars disembarking from the ferries.
- Glassy-eyed voters will nod their heads vacantly.
- I stare vacantly at my computer, not really seeing anything.
Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin vacant- 'remaining empty', from the verb vacare.