One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a vacant house’
empty, unoccupied, unfilled, free, available, not in use, unused, unengaged, uninhabited, untenanted, tenantless, to let, for sale, on the market, abandoned, deserted
informal up for grabs
full, occupied, open
2‘an oddly vacant look had come over her features’
blank, expressionless, deadpan, inscrutable, inexpressive, poker-faced, emotionless, impassive, absent, absent-minded, uninterested, vacuous, empty, glassy, stony, wooden, motionless, lifeless, inanimate
3‘he continued to look vacant’
empty-headed, unintelligent, without thought, brainless, dense, dull-witted, thick, vacuous, inane, stupid
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