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.
Recent Examples of evacuate from the Web
Most Islamic State leaders and personnel responsible for administering the caliphate and plotting attacks have evacuated the city.
There was another round in August 2011 forcing some residents to again evacuate their homes.
She was medically evacuated from Leesburg to T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital in Chattanooga.
In East Chicago, Indiana, residents of another public-housing complex were ordered to evacuate last year because of toxic levels of lead and arsenic in the soil under the building.
After the shoplifter sprayed Clark, the store was evacuated due to chemicals in the air.
Other residents were distraught that they were ordered to evacuate, but were told to leave their pets behind in buildings that could be dangerous.
Enbridge Inc. evacuated nonessential workers from some platforms in the Gulf.
No one was injured in the blaze and everyone, including animals at a veterinary clinic in the shopping center, was safely evacuated.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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