verb va·cate \ˈvā-ˌkāt, vā-ˈ\

: to leave (a job or position)

: to leave (a seat, hotel room, etc.)

law : to say officially that (a legal judgment) is no longer valid


Full Definition of VACATE

transitive verb
:  to make legally void :  annul
a :  to deprive of an incumbent or occupant
b :  to give up the incumbency or occupancy of
intransitive verb
:  to vacate an office, post, or tenancy

Examples of VACATE

  1. She refused to vacate her post even under increased pressure.
  2. The election will fill the congressional seat vacated by the retiring senator.
  3. The police told everyone to vacate the premises.
  4. Students must vacate their rooms at the end of the semester.
  5. The court vacated the conviction.

Origin of VACATE

Latin vacatus, past participle of vacare
First Known Use: 1643

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VACATE Defined for Kids


verb va·cate \ˈvā-ˌkāt\

Definition of VACATE for Kids

:  to leave empty or not used <The tenants vacated the house.>


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