V v


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [vey-kuh nt]
    • /ˈveɪ kənt/
    • /ˈveɪ.kənt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [vey-kuh nt]
    • /ˈveɪ kənt/

Definitions of vacant word

  • adjective vacant having no contents; empty; void: a vacant niche. 1
  • adjective vacant having no occupant; unoccupied: no vacant seats on this train. 1
  • adjective vacant not in use: a vacant room. 1
  • adjective vacant devoid of thought or reflection: a vacant mind. 1
  • adjective vacant characterized by, showing, or proceeding from lack of thought or intelligence: a vacant answer; a vacant expression on a face. 1
  • adjective vacant not occupied by an incumbent, official, or the like, as a benefice or office. 1

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Origin of vacant

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English < Latin vacant- (stem of vacāns, present participle of vacāre to be empty); see -ant

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Parts of speech for Vacant


vacant popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

vacant usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for vacant

adj vacant

  • abandoned — An abandoned place or building is no longer used or occupied.
  • absent — If someone or something is absent from a place or situation where they should be or where they usually are, they are not there.
  • airheaded — Slang. a scatterbrained, stupid, or simple-minded person; dolt.
  • all in — If you say that you are all in, you mean that you are extremely tired.
  • all wet — wrong; mistaken

adjective vacant

  • bare — If a part of your body is bare, it is not covered by any clothing.
  • depleted — reduced or exhausted
  • empty — A container (esp. a bottle or glass) left empty of its contents.
  • energyless — Without energy.
  • expressionless — (of a person's face or voice) not conveying any emotion; unemotional.

Antonyms for vacant

adj vacant

  • lived-in — to have life, as an organism; be alive; be capable of vital functions: all things that live.
  • malfunctioning — failure to function properly: a malfunction of the liver; the malfunction of a rocket.

adjective vacant

  • comprehending — to understand the nature or meaning of; grasp with the mind; perceive: He did not comprehend the significance of the ambassador's remark.
  • jammed — to press, squeeze, or wedge tightly between bodies or surfaces, so that motion or extrication is made difficult or impossible: The ship was jammed between two rocks.
  • jampacked — to fill or pack as tightly or fully as possible: We jam-packed the basket with all kinds of fruit.
  • occupied — to take or fill up (space, time, etc.): I occupied my evenings reading novels.
  • wedged — having the shape of a wedge.

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