from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Containing nothing; empty.
  • adj. Without an incumbent or occupant; unfilled: a vacant position.
  • adj. Not occupied or put to use: a vacant lot.
  • adj. Law Not claimed by an heir: a vacant estate.
  • adj. Lacking intelligence or knowledge: a vacant mind.
  • adj. Lacking expression; blank: a vacant stare.
  • adj. Not filled with any activity: vacant hours. See Synonyms at empty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not occupied; empty.
  • adj. Showing no intelligence or interest.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Deprived of contents; not filled; empty.
  • adj. Unengaged with business or care; unemployed; unoccupied; disengaged; free.
  • adj. Not filled or occupied by an incumbent, possessor, or officer; unoccupied.
  • adj. Empty of thought; thoughtless; not occupied with study or reflection.
  • adj. Abandoned; having no heir, possessor, claimant, or occupier.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having no contents; empty; unfilled; void; devoid; destitute: as, a vacant space; a vacant room.
  • Not occupied or filled with an incumbent or tenant; unoccupied.
  • Not engaged or filled with business or care; unemployed; unoccupied; free; disengaged; idle: as, vacant hours.
  • Characterized by or proceeding from idleness or absence of mental occupation.
  • Free from thought; not given to thinking, study, reflection, or the like; thoughtless.
  • Lacking, or appearing to lack, intelligence; stupid; inane.
  • In law: Not filled; unoccupied: as, a vacant office
  • Empty: as, a vacant house. In the law of fire-insurance a house may be unoccupied, and yet not be deemed vacant.
  • Abandoned; having no heir: as, vacant effects or goods.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. void of thought or knowledge
  • adj. without an occupant or incumbent


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin vacāns, vacant-, present participle of vacāre, to be empty.


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