Definition of vacancy in English:



  • 1An unoccupied position or job.

    ‘a vacancy for a shorthand typist’
    • ‘A vacancy has arisen for a part-time assistant in Swinford Hospice shop.’
    • ‘At the end of the 1999-2000 school year the district had 200 unfilled teacher vacancies.’
    • ‘One in every ten Cumbrian businesses said skill shortages made it hard to fill job vacancies, the study revealed.’
    • ‘One in five job vacancies remain unfilled because of a shortage of skilled workers.’
    • ‘We match people's skills with the vacancies available.’
    • ‘As part of the development of our Psychology Service, vacancies have arisen for assistant psychologists.’
    • ‘Some staff vacancies in this area have been open for several months now with no response.’
    • ‘Many faculty are retiring, and effective recruitment programs are crucial to filling faculty vacancies.’
    • ‘The Pre-School Playgroup has a temporary vacancy for a Playgroup Assistant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Advertising a vacancy seems relatively efficient and inexpensive, especially for junior jobs.’
    • ‘Physiotherapy services will also be drastically affected by a decision not to replace staff vacancies.’
    • ‘We offer information on full and part-time vacancies, training and courses, and counselling.’
    • ‘Shortlisting may apply to all posts and panels may be formed from which future vacancies may be filled.’
    • ‘I recently posted an advertisement for a vacancy and want to avoid discriminating against minority groups.’
    • ‘Her departure leaves a vacancy on the town council.’
    • ‘If there was a vacancy it wouldn't be surprising if people thought about him as a possible candidate.’
    • ‘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.’
    opening, position, vacant position, situation, situation vacant, post, job, day job, opportunity, job opportunity, placement, place, niche, slot
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    1. 1.1An available room in a hotel or other establishment providing accommodation.
      ‘vacancies in local authority homes’
      • ‘Hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfast establishments had the no vacancy signs out early and pubs, restaurants and nightclubs enjoyed a roaring trade.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Across the road, the Craigdarroch Arms Hotel has vacancies, as do various guest houses.’
      • ‘Some of the guesthouses had no vacancies signs and the tea shops were busy again.’
      • ‘After a minor argument, we pulled up in front of an older hotel with vacancies and checked in.’
      • ‘I'm sure many in the accommodation sector will be scratching their heads about why they still had vacancy signs up this week.’
      • ‘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.’
      unoccupied room, room
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  • 2[mass noun] Empty space.

    ‘Cathy stared into vacancy, seeing nothing’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was sitting towards the back of the vehicle, staring with a fixed expression into vacancy.’
    • ‘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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  • 3[mass noun] Lack of intelligence or understanding.

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