- 1(Of a place) not occupied; empty: 40 per cent of the offices are still vacantMore example sentences
- The site was previously occupied by a vacant detached bungalow.
- There was one vacant place in the disabled parking area.
- There were no vehicles around; the place was vacant except for a forklift and some stacked wooden crates.
- 1.1(Of a position or employment) 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.
- 2Having or showing no intelligence or interest: a vacant stareMore example sentences
blank, expressionless, deadpan, inscrutable, inexpressive, poker-faced, emotionless, impassive, absent, absent-minded, uninterested, vacuous, empty, glassy, stony, wooden, motionless, lifeless, inanimateempty-headed, unintelligent, without thought, brainless, dense, dull-witted, thick, vacuous, inane, stupid• informal brain-dead
- 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.