Is there some difference between the vacated position and the vacant position?

I googled both words and seems vacant is used more. But I couldn't find the information if there is a difference between them.

  • The difference can be found here
    – Peter
    Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 10:05
  • I recommend, for the sake of simplicity, using vacant when both terms apply.
    – lauir
    Commented Jan 15, 2016 at 4:14

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'Vacate' means to leave a previously occupied place, for example, a seat or a house.

'Vacant' means a place that isn't occupied at present. The status of the chair or the house (or where ever it may be) after a person vacates from it is 'vacant'.

So a 'vacant' position means that the position is unoccupied now. It may have been vacated or it could've never been occupied in the first place. A 'vacated' position means that there was somebody who was occupying that position and now, that place is unoccupied. That is the significant difference between the words.

This is the Merriam-Webster definition of vacant and vacate.


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