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

Synonyms & Antonyms for evacuate

Synonyms

clear, empty, vacate, void

Antonyms

fill, load

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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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Firefighters and police walked from house to house, pounding on doors to wake residents and tell them to evacuate. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Man suspected of arson arrested after ‘massive fireball’ tears through home in Hermosa Beach," 13 June 2019 At the Safeway, employees and customers were simply told to evacuate because of a bomb threat, several employees said Monday. oregonlive.com, "2 officers involved in fatal Pearl District police shooting identified," 10 June 2019 Then the landlord came to her door to tell her and her two teenage daughters to evacuate the building immediately. Nathaniel Penn, Popular Mechanics, "The Day the Town Blew Up," 3 June 2019 The cathedral has also been evacuated, per the Times. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Some of Notre Dame's Famous Pieces Are Being Moved to the Louvre," 15 Apr. 2019 The rest of Facebook’s campus was not told to evacuate at the time of this writing. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Facebook building evacuated after reported bomb threat," 12 Dec. 2018 Guatemalan prosecutors ordered an investigation into whether emergency protocols were followed properly, as many residents were caught with little or no time to evacuate. Fox News, "Search for Guatemala eruption victims halted as death toll hits 109," 2 Oct. 2018 Amid officials' warnings for residents in Hurricane Florence's path to evacuate immediately, companies like U-Haul and Airbnb are working to make safety a priority for everyone, especially those in mandatory evacuation zones. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Airbnb Offers Free Accommodations For Emergency Workers And Evacuees Fleeing Hurricane Florence," 13 Sep. 2018 Barr was working to evacuate people when he was caught in the blast, Fire Chief Chris Garrison has said. Todd Richmond, chicagotribune.com, "Communications subcontractor 'on site' ahead of fatal Wisconsin blast that killed firefighter, injured 11," 12 July 2018

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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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evacuate

verb

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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