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Meaning of VACANT

Pronunciation:  'veykunt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  without an occupant or incumbent; "the throne is never vacant"
  2. [adj]  void of thought or knowledge; "a vacant mind"
 

VACANT is a 6 letter word that starts with V.

 

 Synonyms: empty
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Va"cant\, a. [F., fr. L. vacans, -antis, p. pr. of
vacare to be empty, to be free or unoccupied, to have
leisure, also vocare; akin to vacuus empty, and probably to
E. void. Cf. {Evacuate}, {Void}, a.]
1. Deprived of contents; not filled; empty; as, a vacant
   room.

         Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form.
                                               --Shak.

         Being of those virtues vacant.        --Shak.

         There is no fireside, howsoe'er defended, But has
         one vacant chair.                     --Longfellow.

2. Unengaged with business or care; unemployed; unoccupied;
   disengaged; free; as, vacant hours.

         Religion is the interest of all; but philosophy of
         those . . . at leisure, and vacant from the affairs
         of the world.                         --Dr. H. More.

         There was not a minute of the day which he left
         vacant.                               --Bp. Fell.

3. Not filled or occupied by an incumbent, possessor, or
   officer; as, a vacant throne; a vacant parish.

         Special dignities which vacant lie For thy best use
         and wearing.                          --Shak.

4. Empty of thought; thoughtless; not occupied with study or
   reflection; as, a vacant mind.

         The duke had a pleasant and vacant face. --Sir H.
                                               Wotton.

         When on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood.
                                               --Wordsworth.

5. (Law) Abandoned; having no heir, possessor, claimant, or
   occupier; as, a vacant estate. --Bouvier.

{Vacant succession} (Law), one that is claimed by no person,
   or where all the heirs are unknown, or where all the known
   heirs to it have renounced it. --Burrill.

Syn: Empty; void; devoid; free; unemployed; disengaged;
     unincumbered; uncrowded; idle.

Usage: {Vacant}, {Empty}. A thing is empty when there is
       nothing in it; as, an empty room, or an empty noddle.
       Vacant adds the idea of having been previously filled,
       or intended to be filled or occupied; as, a vacant
       seat at table; a vacant office; vacant hours. When we
       speak of a vacant look or a vacant mind, we imply the
       absence of the intelligence naturally to be expected
       there.

 

 

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