evac·​u·​a·​tion | \ i-ˌva-kyə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce evacuation (audio) , -kyü-ˈā-\

Definition of evacuation

1 : the act or process of evacuating
2 : something evacuated or discharged

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The evacuation order was lifted Friday afternoon, allowing residents to return to their homes. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "Golf Fire in Lake County sparked by discarded cigarette," 10 Aug. 2019 The Riviera West neighborhood on the shores of Clear Lake remained under evacuation order Friday morning because of the Golf Fire. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "Wildfire forces evacuation of homes on Clear…," 9 Aug. 2019 The evacuation order was lifted Wednesday after firefighters spent days pumping much of the water from the reservoir and a Royal Air Force helicopter dropped bags of sand and gravel to plug a hole in the dam’s slipway. Washington Post, "Town residents let back into homes below damaged England dam," 7 Aug. 2019 The fire was spreading west and south toward Fort McDowell and Rio Verde, but no evacuation orders were in place late Monday. Chris Coppola, azcentral, "Verde Fire grows to 2,000 acres north of Fountain Hills," 5 Aug. 2019 A Level 3 evacuation order — meaning residents are to leave immediately — was downgraded to a Level 1 order Monday evening. Mike Carter, The Seattle Times, "Juniper fire in Klickitat County 80% contained, response to downgrade Tuesday," 22 July 2019 The original brush fire started Thursday in south Maui, prompting evacuation orders and burning approximately 9,000 acres of former sugar cane land and brush, officials said. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "As crews battle Maui brush fire, second blaze breaks out," 13 July 2019 Across the coast, many cities and parishes have issued mandatory evacuation orders, the governor said. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Tropical Storm Barry unloads strong winds and rain as it gets closer to landfall in Louisiana," 13 July 2019 Officials implemented mandatory evacuation orders in some parts of Louisiana, while other residents are being told to prepare to shelter in place and have an emergency plan ready. Justin Worland, Time, "Why Is Tropical Storm Barry Such a Threat? The Science Behind the Brewing Hurricane," 12 July 2019

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14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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evac·​u·​a·​tion | \ i-ˌvak-yə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce evacuation (audio) \

Medical Definition of evacuation

1 : the act or process of evacuating
2 : something evacuated or discharged

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