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

Simple Definition of evacuate

  • : to remove (someone) from a dangerous place

  • : to leave (a dangerous place)

  • medical : to pass (solid waste) from your body

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of evacuate



  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to remove the contents of :  empty

  3. 2 :  to discharge from the body as waste :  void

  4. 3 :  to remove something (as gas or water) from especially by pumping

  5. 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>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to withdraw from a place in an organized way especially for protection

  8. 2 :  to pass urine or feces from the body


play \-ˌwā-tiv, -ˌā-\ adjective

Examples of evacuate in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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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EVACUATE Defined for Kids


verb evac·u·ate \i-ˈva-kyə-ˌwāt\

Definition of evacuate for Students



  1. 1 :  to leave or cause to leave a place of danger <Residents evacuated the burning building.>

  2. 2 :  to make empty :  empty out

  3. 3 :  to discharge waste matter from the body

Medical Dictionary


verb evac·u·ate \i-ˈvak-yə-ˌwāt\

Medical Definition of evacuate




  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to remove the contents of <evacuate an abscess>

  4. 2:  to discharge (as urine or feces) from the body as waste :  void

  5. intransitive verb

  6. :  to pass urine or feces from the body


\-ˌwāt-iv\play adjective

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