Definition of vacancy in English:

vacancy

noun

  • 1An unoccupied position or job.

    ‘a vacancy for a shorthand typist’
    • ‘One in five job vacancies remain unfilled because of a shortage of skilled workers.’
    • ‘I recently posted an advertisement for a vacancy and want to avoid discriminating against minority groups.’
    • ‘We offer information on full and part-time vacancies, training and courses, and counselling.’
    • ‘We match people's skills with the vacancies available.’
    • ‘As part of the development of our Psychology Service, vacancies have arisen for assistant psychologists.’
    • ‘She got the job after the town council advertised the vacancy last summer.’
    • ‘Since the end of the 2000 season, there have been 13 coaching vacancies.’
    • ‘Advertising a vacancy seems relatively efficient and inexpensive, especially for junior jobs.’
    • ‘Shortlisting may apply to all posts and panels may be formed from which future vacancies may be filled.’
    • ‘Some staff vacancies in this area have been open for several months now with no response.’
    • ‘At the end of the 1999-2000 school year the district had 200 unfilled teacher vacancies.’
    • ‘Many faculty are retiring, and effective recruitment programs are crucial to filling faculty vacancies.’
    • ‘If there was a vacancy it wouldn't be surprising if people thought about him as a possible candidate.’
    • ‘One in every ten Cumbrian businesses said skill shortages made it hard to fill job vacancies, the study revealed.’
    • ‘Physiotherapy services will also be drastically affected by a decision not to replace staff vacancies.’
    • ‘Her departure leaves a vacancy on the town council.’
    • ‘A vacancy has arisen for a part-time assistant in Swinford Hospice shop.’
    • ‘Frank, 41, applied for the post when the parish council advertised two vacancies.’
    • ‘A few vacancies exist for male singers but none for ladies at the present time.’
    • ‘The Pre-School Playgroup has a temporary vacancy for a Playgroup Assistant.’
    opening, position, vacant position, situation, situation vacant, post, job, day job, opportunity, job opportunity, placement, place, niche, slot
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    1. 1.1 An available room in a hotel or other establishment providing accommodations.
      • ‘In the pouring rain, Joan drives her to office, a cheesy, light-up sign outside announcing the position like it's a motel vacancy.’
      • ‘There are many holiday accommodation vacancies.’
      • ‘I'm sure many in the accommodation sector will be scratching their heads about why they still had vacancy signs up this week.’
      • ‘Hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfast establishments had the no vacancy signs out early and pubs, restaurants and nightclubs enjoyed a roaring trade.’
      • ‘Across the road, the Craigdarroch Arms Hotel has vacancies, as do various guest houses.’
      • ‘With the airport security locking the doors and taxi service nowhere to be found, I had to walk to the only hotel sporting a vacancy sign.’
      • ‘After a minor argument, we pulled up in front of an older hotel with vacancies and checked in.’
      • ‘Some of the guesthouses had no vacancies signs and the tea shops were busy again.’
      unoccupied room, room
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  • 2Empty space.

    ‘Cathy stared into vacancy, seeing nothing’
    • ‘He was sitting towards the back of the vehicle, staring with a fixed expression into vacancy.’
    • ‘The one-sided critical response to this film shows the moral vacancy at the heart of western liberalism, especially of the academic/intellectual variety.’
    • ‘Primitive peoples have more time than we for contemplation, and we err in thinking that when an Aborigine is sitting, apparently idle, looking into vacancy, his mind is necessarily blank.’
    • ‘These experiences are merely episodes of mental vacancy.’
    • ‘There's something about winter and snow that eliminates sound, and in that immense and roofless vacancy you sense another presence, something that doesn't move.’
    empty space, emptiness, vacuity, nothingness, void, vacantness, nullity, oblivion
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    1. 2.1 A defect in a crystal lattice, consisting of the absence of an atom or an ion from a position where there should be one.
      • ‘Their conclusion is that argon is held primarily in lattice vacancy defects within the minerals.’
      • ‘Consider the formation of a vacancy in a monatomic crystal.’
      • ‘A single vacancy, either cationic or anionic, would violate the crystal electroneutrality.’
  • 3Lack of intelligence or understanding.

    ‘vacancy, vanity, and inane deception’
    • ‘The secretary specialises in vacancy and nail buffing.’
    • ‘His frequent absence of mind gave him an air of vacancy and even of stupidity.’
    • ‘It is a deft balancing act, measuring blank vacancy with an equally manic intensity.’
    empty-headedness, lack of thought, lack of intelligence, brainlessness, denseness, thickness, vacuousness, vacuity, inaneness, inanity, stupidity
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Pronunciation

vacancy

/ˈveɪkənsi//ˈvākənsē/