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va·cant

vacant

 
 
pronunciation:
veI knt
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: without activity or contents; empty.
The streets were vacant after midnight.The shelves in the store were vacant after the sale.
synonyms:
empty, idle, void
similar words:
bare, barren, blank, hollow, lacking
definition 2: not in use; available.
There were no vacant seats on the bus.The boss interviewed several people for the vacant position in the office.
synonyms:
available, empty, free, idle
antonyms:
occupied
similar words:
deserted, open, unemployed, up for grabs, void
definition 3: showing lack of thought or emotion.
When I spoke to Paula in Hungarian, she responded with a vacant stare.
synonyms:
blank
antonyms:
expressive
similar words:
dull, hollow, indifferent
derivations: vacantly (adv.), vacantness (n.)
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The word vacant contains the following parts:
vac Latin root that means empty
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-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means (in adjectives) doing the action denoted by the verb root; (in nouns) one who or that which does the action denoted by the verb root.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.