evac·​u·​a·​tion | \i-ˌva-kyə-ˈwā-shən, -kyü-ˈā-\

Definition of evacuation 

1 : the act or process of evacuating

2 : something evacuated or discharged

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An electrical fire outside Lakes Community High School led to an evacuation of staff and students Monday morning, a district official said. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Electrical fire causes evacuation of Lakes Community High School in Lake Villa," 9 July 2018 The National Park Service said that the protest caused an evacuation of than 4,000 visitors off of Liberty Island as a precaution. Tom Hays, chicagotribune.com, "Woman who climbed Statue of Liberty base charged with trespassing," 5 July 2018 The Provisional Government in Petrograd would have collaborated in an evacuation of the Romanovs, but in London it was keenly hoped that some other place of exile would be found. The Economist, "How the royal houses of Europe abandoned the Romanovs," 28 June 2018 But the evacuation of the ship took 3 hours and 43 minutes, rather than the goal of 30 minutes, according to investigators. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "NTSB: Puerto Rico ship fire revealed maintenance problems, poor crew training," 5 June 2018 In its report, ABC News cited an internal U.S. government document that said the first phase of an evacuation plan could be completed by 6 p.m. Saturday local time, with the second phase starting as soon as Sunday morning local time. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Thai soccer team, coach pen letters to families while rescue efforts continue," 7 July 2018 Being prepared for a fire, earthquake, flood or other disaster means including small and large animals in an evacuation plan. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Preparing for a disaster could save an animal's life," 29 June 2018 Collin Arnold, homeland security director, talked about how 100 people were working through evacuation plans. Kevin Litten, NOLA.com, "New Orleans starts hurricane season without a health director: why that matters," 1 June 2018 While schools often have binders filled with emergency procedures and evacuation plans in each classroom, substitute teachers told TIME the information can be a bit too general. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "‘They’re Really on Their Own.’ Santa Fe Reveals the Danger of Being a Substitute Teacher in Era of School Shootings," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of evacuation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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evac·​u·​a·​tion | \i-ˌvak-yə-ˈwā-shən \

Medical Definition of evacuation 

1 : the act or process of evacuating

2 : something evacuated or discharged

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