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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Even so, fire officials lifted some of the evacuation orders that had covered thousands of people Thursday, as the fire spread rapidly and threatened more than 1,100 homes. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "Mountain Fire near Redding threatens, but so far conditions favor containment," 23 Aug. 2019 The university’s Department of Public Safety immediately issued an evacuation order and began searching the building. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, "Nothing suspicious found after University of St. Thomas receives bomb threat," 20 Aug. 2019 An evacuation order issued, then rescinded, for a nearby village. Vladimir Isachenkov, chicagotribune.com, "The mysterious explosion in Russia involving a ‘Skyfall’ nuclear missile that’s evoking memories of Chernobyl," 14 Aug. 2019 An evacuation order issued, then rescinded, for a nearby village. Washington Post, "Mysterious missile explosion in Russia raises questions," 14 Aug. 2019 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

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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 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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to make a temporary encampment

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