evacuate

verb
evac·​u·​ate | \ i-ˈva-kyə-ˌwāt How to pronounce evacuate (audio) , -kyü-ˌāt \
evacuated; evacuating

Definition of evacuate

transitive verb

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 area
b : to withdraw from military occupation of
c : vacate sense 1 were ordered to evacuate the building

intransitive verb

1 : to withdraw from a place in an organized way especially for protection
2 : to pass urine or feces from the body

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Other Words from evacuate

evacuative \ i-​ˈva-​kyə-​ˌwā-​tiv How to pronounce evacuative (audio) , -​kyü-​ˌā-​ \ adjective

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Numerous residents were evacuated as water rushed into their homes into the early hours of Dec. 22. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Willow Creek bridge could soon be reopened as crews work to clear ice jam, Mat-Su official says," 9 Jan. 2020 There were no injuries on either side and no American staff were evacuated from the compound. CBS News, "Protesters leave U.S. Embassy in Iraq but claim "psychological" victory," 1 Jan. 2020 All three locations were evacuated and between 30 and 60 people were asked to take decontamination showers as a precaution, Pena said. Arkansas Online, "FBI: 19-year-old arrested, charged in Houston mercury spill," 16 Dec. 2019 Nick Perry at the Associated Press reports that the residents of Bikini were evacuated from the atoll and told their removal was only temporary. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Oceanographers Map Legacy of Nuclear Tests at Bikini Atoll," 11 Dec. 2019 The area of the emergency room was evacuated for hours while officials investigated but no one was injured. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Emergency crews investigating ‘suspicious powder’ found at Yale New Haven Hospital," 9 Dec. 2019 Much of Gaza resembled a ghost-town, with almost no vehicles on the roads except for ambulances evacuating wounded. NBC News, "Islamic Jihad says cease-fire reached to end Gaza fighting, but no Israel confirmation," 14 Nov. 2019 Much of Gaza resembled a ghost-town, with almost no vehicles on the roads except for ambulances evacuating the wounded. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 14 Nov. 2019 Some evacuating early Sunday had done so two years ago, when devastating wildfires swept through Sonoma and Napa and neighboring counties, killing 44 people. Terence Chea And Don Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "California wildfires erupt in LA, burn in wine country," 27 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of evacuate

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for evacuate

Middle English, to draw off morbid humors, from Latin evacuatus, past participle of evacuare to empty, from e- + vacuus empty

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The first known use of evacuate was in the 15th century

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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Evacuate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evacuative. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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More Definitions for evacuate

evacuate

verb
How to pronounce evacuate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of evacuate

: to remove (someone) from a dangerous place
: to leave (a dangerous place)
medical : to pass (solid waste) from your body

evacuate

verb
evac·​u·​ate | \ i-ˈva-kyə-ˌwāt How to pronounce evacuate (audio) \
evacuated; evacuating

Kids Definition of evacuate

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

evacuate

verb
evac·​u·​ate | \ i-ˈvak-yə-ˌwāt How to pronounce evacuate (audio) \
evacuated; evacuating

Medical Definition of evacuate

transitive verb

1 : 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

Other Words from evacuate

evacuative \ -​ˌwāt-​iv How to pronounce evacuative (audio) \ adjective

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