Definition of vacancy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvākənsē/

noun (plural vacancies)

1An unoccupied position or job: a vacancy for a shorthand typist
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  • The Pre-School Playgroup has a temporary vacancy for a Playgroup Assistant.
  • As part of the development of our Psychology Service, vacancies have arisen for assistant psychologists.
  • I recently posted an advertisement for a vacancy and want to avoid discriminating against minority groups.
1.1An available room in a hotel or other establishment providing accommodations.
Example sentences
  • There are many holiday accommodation vacancies.
  • After a minor argument, we pulled up in front of an older hotel with vacancies and checked in.
  • Across the road, the Craigdarroch Arms Hotel has vacancies, as do various guest houses.
room available, space for rent
2Empty space: Cathy stared into vacancy, seeing nothing
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  • He was sitting towards the back of the vehicle, staring with a fixed expression into vacancy.
  • Primitive peoples have more time than we for contemplation, and we err in thinking that when an Aborigine is sitting, apparently idle, looking into vacancy, his mind is necessarily blank.
  • There's something about winter and snow that eliminates sound, and in that immense and roofless vacancy you sense another presence, something that doesn't move.
2.1Emptiness of mind; lack of intelligence or understanding: vacancy, vanity, and inane deception
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  • The secretary specialises in vacancy and nail buffing.
  • It is a deft balancing act, measuring blank vacancy with an equally manic intensity.
  • His frequent absence of mind gave him an air of vacancy and even of stupidity.
2.2 Crystallography A defect in a crystal lattice, consisting of the absence of an atom or an ion from a position where there should be one.
Example sentences
  • Their conclusion is that argon is held primarily in lattice vacancy defects within the minerals.
  • Consider the formation of a vacancy in a monatomic crystal.
  • A single vacancy, either cationic or anionic, would violate the crystal electroneutrality.

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Syllabification: va·can·cy

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