vacant: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (vā'kunt), [key]
— adj.
  1. having no contents; empty; void: a vacant niche.
  2. having no occupant; unoccupied: no vacant seats on this train.
  3. not in use: a vacant room.
  4. devoid of thought or reflection: a vacant mind.
  5. characterized by, showing, or proceeding from lack of thought or intelligence: a vacant answer; a vacant expression on a face.
  6. not occupied by an incumbent, official, or the like, as a benefice or office.
  7. free from work, business, activity, etc.: vacant hours.
  8. characterized by or proceeding from absence of occupation: a vacant life.
  9. devoid or destitute (often fol. by of&hasp;): He was vacant of human sympathy.
  10. a vacant house.
    1. having no tenant and devoid of furniture, fixtures, etc. (distinguished from unoccupied):a vacant house.
    2. idle or unutilized; open to any claimant, as land.
    3. without an incumbent; having no heir or claimant; abandoned:a vacant estate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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