Definition of occupant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɒkjʊp(ə)nt/


1A person who resides or is present in a house, vehicle, seat, etc., at a given time: the previous occupant of her room figurative occupants of the moral high ground
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  • Another factor of cardinal importance in protecting building occupants is debris mitigation.
  • Several ships tracked the pod, fearing that its sole occupant was escaping.
  • Mr Melvin was the sole occupant of the car, and no other vehicles were involved.
resident, inhabitant, owner, householder, tenant, renter, leaseholder, lessee, lodger, boarder, inmate, user;
incumbent, holder;
North American  roomer
formal dweller
humorous denizen
rare indweller
1.1The holder of a position or office: the first occupant of the Chair of Botany
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  • The main concern of the Australian Republican Movement has always been with the Office of Governor-General rather than any one occupant of the position.
  • One newspaper said yesterday that they were proof that he is ‘one of the most reactionary occupants of his office in modern times’.
  • Over the years, Larry's show has become a favorite forum for would-be occupants of the Oval Office.
1.2 Law A person in actual possession of property, especially land.
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  • The Government should demonstrate its commitment to property rights by evicting illegal occupants.
  • The goal is to have a safe, functional, and reliable system to protect the occupants and property.
  • Marcus contended that municipal services were linked to the property rather than the occupant.
1.3 Law A person who establishes a title by taking possession of something that previously did not have an established owner.


Late 16th century (in the legal sense 'person who establishes a title'): from French, or from Latin occupant- 'seizing', from the verb occupare.

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