Definition of unfilled in English:



  • Not filled.

    ‘there are a number of unfilled posts in this area of nursing’
    • ‘As many as one in four radiographer posts go unfilled in some parts of the country, though the Department of Health has no figure for the overall number of vacancies.’
    • ‘So there is, for example, no acting up to cover for unfilled posts.’
    • ‘It means any unfilled posts will not be advertised and temporary staff - including agency nurses - were no longer being hired.’
    • ‘The hospital had to close its emergency intake wards at night because it had only five doctors doing the work of 14, as vacant posts lie unfilled.’
    • ‘Some social services departments in London report that 40 percent of posts are unfilled.’
    • ‘It says this can be done without affecting services by deleting posts that have remained unfilled for a long time.’
    • ‘Targets are now being met, but there are still unfilled posts.’
    • ‘Under the current funding structure, universities are paid per student from central government so unfilled places lead to budget shortfalls.’
    • ‘The group was told that a quarter of consultant paediatric pathology posts are currently unfilled.’
    • ‘In addition, the proportion of unfilled posts has also quadrupled.’
    • ‘The latest available official figures show that in January this year there were just six primary school jobs unfilled and five vacancies in secondaries.’
    • ‘In the worst cases, two authorities had 13 posts unfilled - one in Scotland and one in the south of England.’
    • ‘Education chiefs spent months looking at the increasing number of unfilled primary school places caused by fewer birth rates across the borough.’
    • ‘They have more decayed teeth being filled, more left unfilled, and fewer extractions.’
    • ‘The number of unfilled teaching posts in English schools fell last year, official figures are expected to show this week.’
    • ‘There are currently 235 unfilled consultant posts, compared with 153 in 2001.’
    • ‘Each puzzle is part filled, and your challenge is to complete the unfilled squares with numbers from 1 to 9.’
    • ‘Social work in South Yorkshire is in crisis as increasing numbers of vital posts for carers remain unfilled in a situation getting steadily worse.’
    • ‘A substantial number of designated and named doctor posts are unfilled.’
    • ‘I just don't understand why so many jobs have to go unfilled when there are so many people willing to fill them.’
    empty, unoccupied, free, available, not in use, unused, unengaged, uninhabited, untenanted, tenantless, to let, for sale, on the market, abandoned, deserted
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