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verb va·cate \ˈvā-ˌkāt, vā-ˈ\

Simple Definition of vacate

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  • law : to say officially that (a legal judgment) is no longer valid

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of vacate



  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make legally void :  annul

  3. 2 a :  to deprive of an incumbent or occupant b :  to give up the incumbency or occupancy of

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to vacate an office, post, or tenancy

Examples of vacate in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of vacate

Latin vacatus, past participle of vacare

First Known Use: 1643

Rhymes with vacate

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VACATE Defined for Kids


verb va·cate \ˈvā-ˌkāt\

Definition of vacate for Students



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

Law Dictionary


verb va·cate

Legal Definition of vacate



  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make void :  annul, set aside <vacate a lower court order>

  3. 2a :  to make vacant b :  to give up the occupancy of

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to vacate an office, post, or tenancy

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