Definition of vacancy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈveɪkənsi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈveɪkənsi//
    (pl. vacancies) Job interviews, Staying in a hotel
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  1. 1[countable] a job that is available for somebody to do job vacancies a temporary vacancy vacancy (for somebody/something) vacancies for bar staff to fill a vacancy There’s a vacancy in the accounts department. Synonymsjobposition post vacancy appointmentThese are all words for a position doing work for which you receive regular payment.job a position doing work for which you receive regular payment:He’s trying to get a job in a bank.position (rather formal) a job:a senior position in a large corporationjob or position?Position usually refers to a particular job within an organization, especially at a high level, and is not usually used about jobs generally. It is also often used in job applications, descriptions and advertisements.post a job, especially an important one in a large organization:a key post in the new governmentvacancy a job that is available for somebody to do:We have several vacancies for casual workers.appointment (rather formal, especially British English) a job or position of responsibility:This is a permanent appointment, requiring commitment and hard work.Patterns a permanent/​temporary job/​position/​post/​vacancy/​appointment a full-time/​part-time job/​position/​post/​vacancy/​appointment to have/​have got a(n) job/​position/​post/​vacancy/​appointment to apply for/​fill a job/​position/​post/​vacancy to resign from/​leave/​quit a job/​position/​post See related entries: Job interviews
  2. 2[countable] a room that is available in a hotel, etc. I'm sorry, we have no vacancies. Wordfinderaccommodation, book, full board, holiday, hotel, reception, reservation, room service, suite, vacancy See related entries: Staying in a hotel
  3. 3[uncountable] lack of interest or ideas synonym emptiness the vacancy of her expression
  4. Extra examples Her going on maternity leave will create a temporary vacancy. The agency will let you know if they have any suitable vacancies. a vacancy for head chef a vacancy in the IT department high office vacancy rates and stagnant housing prices I’m sorry, we have no vacancies at the moment. It can be difficult to fill teaching vacancies in some areas of the country. The agency has at least 200 job vacancies on its books. We have several vacancies for casual workers. We’ll let you know if any more vacancies come up.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: vacancy