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

Examples of evacuation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fierce winds were wreaking havoc in Grand Isle where residents were under mandatory evacuation orders. CBS News, "Hurricane Zeta hits Louisiana as strong Category 2 storm," 29 Oct. 2020 Officials in Jefferson and Terrebonne parishes had issued mandatory evacuation orders ahead of the storm for coastal areas and places outside major levees. Susannah Cullinane And Joe Sutton, CNN, "Zeta leaves more than a million without power and at least two dead after battering Gulf Coast," 29 Oct. 2020 Businesses can apply for special permits to re-enter such areas for essential work, and some workers have had to venture to the vineyards under a cloud of smoke, even in areas under evacuation orders. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Wine Country, fire country," 29 Oct. 2020 Edwards declared a state of emergency in advance of Zeta, and officials issued evacuation orders for flood-prone regions across the state. Washington Post, "Storm-weary Louisianans brace as Hurricane Zeta takes aim at New Orleans," 28 Oct. 2020 Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued as Hurricane Zeta menaces the Gulf Coast with damaging winds and a dangerous storm surge. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Evacuations underway as Hurricane Zeta targets Gulf Coast," 28 Oct. 2020 Grand Isle Police Chief Scooter Resweber said evacuation orders usually get 90% compliance, but this time is different. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "As yet another hurricane looms, some Louisiana coastal residents too tired to run from Zeta," 28 Oct. 2020 More than 100,000 people were under evacuation orders. Fox News, "Live Updates: California wildfires, assisted by Santa Ana winds, force more than 100,000 to evacuate homes," 28 Oct. 2020 Ten homes were damaged and 8,700 homes were under evacuation orders. Rebecca Plevin, USA TODAY, "In California: Fires blaze in the OC; wear a mask while cheering the Dodgers," 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of evacuation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Evacuation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evacuation. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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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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