Definition of occupant in English:

occupant

Line breaks: oc¦cu|pant
Pronunciation: /ˈɒkjʊp(ə)nt
 
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noun

  • 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.
    Synonyms
    resident, inhabitant, owner, householder, tenant, renter, leaseholder, lessee, lodger, boarder, inmate, user; addressee; incumbent, holder; British occupier, owner-occupier; 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.

Origin

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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