Definition of vacancy in US English:

vacancy

noun

  • 1An unoccupied position or job.

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

    ‘Cathy stared into vacancy, seeing nothing’
    • ‘These experiences are merely episodes of mental vacancy.’
    • ‘He was sitting towards the back of the vehicle, staring with a fixed expression into 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The one-sided critical response to this film shows the moral vacancy at the heart of western liberalism, especially of the academic/intellectual variety.’
    empty space, emptiness, vacuity, nothingness, void, vacantness, nullity, oblivion
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    1. 2.1Crystallography 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.’
      • ‘A single vacancy, either cationic or anionic, would violate the crystal electroneutrality.’
      • ‘Consider the formation of a vacancy in a monatomic crystal.’
  • 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/