verb \i-ˈvikt\

: to force (someone) to leave a place

Full Definition of EVICT

transitive verb
a :  to recover (property) from a person by legal process
b :  to put (a tenant) out by legal process
:  to force out :  expel
evic·tion \-ˈvik-shən\ noun
evic·tor \-ˈvik-tər\ noun

Examples of EVICT

  1. His landlord has threatened to evict him if he doesn't pay the rent soon.
  2. They were evicted from their apartment.

Origin of EVICT

Middle English, from Late Latin evictus, past participle of evincere, from Latin, to vanquish, win a point — more at evince
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of EVICT

eject, expel, oust, evict mean to drive or force out. eject carries an especially strong implication of throwing or thrusting out from within as a physical action <ejected an obnoxious patron from the bar>. expel stresses a thrusting out or driving away especially permanently which need not be physical <a student expelled from college>. oust implies removal or dispossession by power of the law or by force or compulsion <police ousted the squatters>. evict chiefly applies to turning out of house and home <evicted for nonpayment of rent>.

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi
EVICT Defined for Kids


verb \i-ˈvikt\

Definition of EVICT for Kids

:  to force (someone) to leave a place


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