Definition of vacancy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈveɪk(ə)nsi/

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.
opening, position, vacant position, situation, situation vacant, post, job, day job, opportunity, job opportunity, placement, place, niche, slot
informal berth
1.1An available room in a hotel or other establishment providing accommodation: vacancies in local authority homes
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  • 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.
unoccupied room, room;
(vacancies) accommodation available
2 [mass noun] Empty 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.
empty space, emptiness, vacuity, nothingness, void, vacantness, nullity, oblivion
rare voidness
3 [mass noun] 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.
empty-headedness, lack of thought, lack of intelligence, brainlessness, denseness, thickness, vacuousness, vacuity, inaneness, inanity, stupidity

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