Meaning of VACANCY in English


ˈvākənsē, -si noun

( -es )

Etymology: Medieval Latin vacantia, from Latin vacant-, vacans (present participle of vacare to be empty, be free) + -ia -y

1. archaic : time of freedom from occupation : an interval of leisure : leisure , vacation

those little vacancies from toil are sweet — John Dryden

2. : the state or fact of being free from occupation or from mental preoccupation : physical or mental inactivity or relaxation : idleness


a. : a vacating of an office, post, or piece of property

b. : the state of such when vacated or vacant

c. : the time such office or property is vacant

the death of the incumbent has caused a vacancy

in case of vacancy of the property

4. : a vacant office, post, or tenancy

three vacancies in this apartment house

the president shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the senate — U.S. Constitution

5. : empty space : void , vacuum , blank

6. : the state of being vacant : barrenness , loneliness , vacuity

a vacancy of sound after the train had left — J.P.Marquand

7. : a defect existing in a crystal due to the absence of an atom or ion from a normal lattice position — called also hole

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