Definition of evacuate
1 : to remove the contents of : empty
2 : to discharge from the body as waste : void
3 : to remove something (such as gas or water) from especially by pumping
4a : to remove especially from a military zone or dangerous areab : to withdraw from military occupation ofc : vacate 1 were ordered to evacuate the building
1 : to withdraw from a place in an organized way especially for protection
2 : to pass urine or feces from the body
evacuativeplay \i-ˈva-kyə-ˌwā-tiv, -kyü-ˌā-\ adjective
Examples of evacuate in a sentence
People who live along the coast are being evacuated as the hurricane approaches.
During World War II, children were evacuated from London to the country.
Residents were ordered to evacuate the building.
Residents have been ordered to evacuate.
Origin and Etymology of evacuate
Middle English, to draw off morbid humors, from Latin evacuatus, past participle of evacuare to empty, from e- + vacuus empty
First Known Use: 15th century
EVACUATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of evacuate for English Language Learners
: to remove (someone) from a dangerous place
: to leave (a dangerous place)
medical : to pass (solid waste) from your body
EVACUATE Defined for Kids
Definition of evacuate for Students
1 : to leave or cause to leave a place of danger Residents evacuated the burning building.
2 : to make empty : empty out
3 : to discharge waste matter from the body
Medical Definition of evacuate
transitive verb: to remove the contents of evacuate an abscess
2: to discharge (as urine or feces) from the body as waste : void
intransitive verb: to pass urine or feces from the body
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