Definition of occupant in English:

occupant

noun

  • 1A person who resides or is present in a house, vehicle, seat, etc., at a given time:

    ‘the previous occupant of her room’
    figurative ‘occupants of the moral high ground’
    • ‘The group banged on the door to alert the sleeping occupants to no avail.’
    • ‘The driver was in her 70s and was the sole occupant of the car, a spokesman added.’
    • ‘Another factor of cardinal importance in protecting building occupants is debris mitigation.’
    • ‘The opportunity to reduce energy and maintenance costs and improve occupant comfort will be missed.’
    • ‘As a result, facility executives may feel that applying a window film will protect building occupants.’
    • ‘He moved away from the closet to look at the door and the new occupant of the room.’
    • ‘Mr Melvin was the sole occupant of the car, and no other vehicles were involved.’
    • ‘A major concern was worker and occupant safety during the lead cutting and installation.’
    • ‘The lone male occupant fled the home through a second-floor window.’
    • ‘He was the only occupant of the car and was pronounced dead at the scene.’
    • ‘When we arrived, I was surprised to learn that she was the only occupant of a large house.’
    • ‘The occupant of the office was visibly agitated.’
    • ‘A shocked look spread out on the faces of the occupants of the table.’
    • ‘They allow building occupants to see what is going on outside the building.’
    • ‘Rear seat occupants have the option of heated seats.’
    • ‘She was the only occupant of the vehicle.’
    • ‘Several ships tracked the pod, fearing that its sole occupant was escaping.’
    • ‘Illegal occupants of local authority houses in Portlaoise will defy Laois County Council's efforts to evict them.’
    • ‘Rian groaned, pulling on a pair of shoes that used to belong to a previous occupant of the room.’
    • ‘Cal was given a room where the previous occupant had performed a mysterious moonlit flit.’
    resident, inhabitant, owner, householder, tenant, renter, leaseholder, lessee, lodger, boarder, inmate, user
    addressee
    incumbent, holder
    occupier, owner-occupier
    roomer
    dweller
    denizen
    indweller
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    1. 1.1 The holder of a position or office:
      ‘the first occupant of the Chair of Botany’
      • ‘But seeing what we're seeing right now made me think of that line and how it reminds me of the current occupant of the Oval Office.’
      • ‘Over the years, Larry's show has become a favorite forum for would-be occupants of the Oval Office.’
      • ‘In most cases, the occupant of these positions must first be a faculty member and one who has achieved the rank of full professor.’
      • ‘He would not have been much impressed with the present occupant of the position.’
      • ‘This book examines each of the eleven occupants of the Oval Office since Herbert Hoover in terms of six yardsticks.’
      • ‘Why hasn't this job weighed as heavily on you as it has on some other occupants of this Oval Office?’
      • ‘One newspaper said yesterday that they were proof that he is ‘one of the most reactionary occupants of his office in modern times’.’
      • ‘Will black voters go to the polls in droves in November to have their say about who should be the next occupant of the Oval Office?’
      • ‘The problem is that at the time Roosevelt was only Assistant Secretary of the Navy, albeit a particularly pushy occupant of that office.’
      • ‘And now with Fran Rooney ‘moving’ aside, it has left the door open for yet another occupant for that famous office.’
      • ‘The main concern of the Australian Republican Movement has always been with the Office of Governor-General rather than any one occupant of the position.’
      • ‘And sometimes the man in the office, even an unlikely occupant of that office, may respond in an unexpected but useful way, to a crisis.’
      • ‘In the official records, he may go down as the third Muslim occupant of the highest office of the country.’
      • ‘Rosalynn saw the first ladyship as a position that, like the presidency, makes its occupant accountable to all the people.’
    2. 1.2Law A person in actual possession of property, especially land.
      • ‘Marcus contended that municipal services were linked to the property rather than the occupant.’
      • ‘Few if any of the original occupants of the lands on which the mission stands reside there.’
      • ‘The Government should demonstrate its commitment to property rights by evicting illegal occupants.’
      • ‘But it says a petition signed by the occupants of 11 properties near one of the proposed refuges, near Elliot Court, has been received.’
      • ‘The goal is to have a safe, functional, and reliable system to protect the occupants and property.’
    3. 1.3Law A person who establishes a title by taking possession of something that previously did not have an established owner.

Origin

Late 16th century (in the legal sense ‘person who establishes a title’): from French, or from Latin occupant- seizing, from the verb occupare.

Pronunciation:

occupant

/ˈɒkjʊp(ə)nt/