Definition of vacant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvākənt/


1(Of premises) having no fixtures, furniture, or inhabitants; empty. Compare with unoccupied (sense 1).
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 vacant
More 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 stare
More 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.
blank, expressionless, unresponsive, emotionless, impassive, uninterested, vacuous, empty, absent, glazed, glassy;
unintelligent, dull-witted, dense, brainless, empty-headed
informal zombified, lobotomized



Pronunciation: /ˈvākəntlē/
Example sentences
  • 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.

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Syllabification: va·cant

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