Definition of unfilled in English:



  • Not filled.

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