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evacuate

verb evac·u·ate \i-ˈva-kyə-ˌwāt, -kyü-ˌāt\

: to remove (someone) from a dangerous place

: to leave (a dangerous place)

medical : to pass (solid waste) from your body

evac·u·at·edevac·u·at·ing

Full Definition of EVACUATE

transitive verb
1
:  to remove the contents of :  empty
2
:  to discharge from the body as waste :  void
3
:  to remove something (as gas or water) from especially by pumping
4
a :  to remove especially from a military zone or dangerous area
b :  to withdraw from military occupation of
c :  vacate <were ordered to evacuate the building>
intransitive verb
1
:  to withdraw from a place in an organized way especially for protection
2
:  to pass urine or feces from the body
evac·u·a·tive \-ˌwā-tiv, -ˌā-\ adjective
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Examples of EVACUATE

  1. People who live along the coast are being evacuated as the hurricane approaches.
  2. During World War II, children were evacuated from London to the country.
  3. Residents were ordered to evacuate the building.
  4. Residents have been ordered to evacuate.

Origin of EVACUATE

Middle English, to draw off morbid humors, from Latin evacuatus, past participle of evacuare to empty, from e- + vacuus empty
First Known Use: 15th century

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EVACUATING Defined for Kids

evacuate

verb evac·u·ate \i-ˈva-kyə-ˌwāt\
evac·u·at·edevac·u·at·ing

Definition of EVACUATE for Kids

1
:  to leave or cause to leave a place of danger <Residents evacuated the burning building.>
2
:  to make empty :  empty out
3
:  to discharge waste matter from the body
Medical Dictionary

evacuate

verb evac·u·ate \i-ˈvak-yə-ˌwāt\
evac·u·at·edevac·u·at·ing

Medical Definition of EVACUATE

transitive verb
1
:  to remove the contents of <evacuate an abscess>
2
:  to discharge (as urine or feces) from the body as waste :  void
intransitive verb
:  to pass urine or feces from the body
evac·u·a·tive \-ˌwāt-iv\ adjective

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