\ i-ˈvikt How to pronounce evict (audio) \
evicted; evicting; evicts

Definition of evict

transitive verb

1a : to recover (property) from a person by legal process
b : to put (a tenant) out by legal process
2 : to force out : expel

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Other Words from evict

eviction \ i-​ˈvik-​shən How to pronounce eviction (audio) \ noun
evictor \ i-​ˈvik-​tər How to pronounce evictor (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for evict

eject, expel, oust, evict mean to drive or force out. eject carries an especially strong implication of throwing or thrusting out from within as a physical action. ejected an obnoxious patron from the bar expel stresses a thrusting out or driving away especially permanently which need not be physical. a student expelled from college oust implies removal or dispossession by power of the law or by force or compulsion. police ousted the squatters evict chiefly applies to turning out of house and home. evicted for nonpayment of rent

Examples of evict in a Sentence

His landlord has threatened to evict him if he doesn't pay the rent soon. They were evicted from their apartment.
Recent Examples on the Web Facing stiff resistance by his supporters, church officials have appeared indecisive, lacking the means to enforce their ruling and evict the rebellious monk by force. Washington Post, "Russian court fines coronavirus-denying rebel monk," 7 July 2020 The landlord's attorney agreed to not evict the couple until after the order expired. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, "Maricopa County justice courts experience 'new norm' with COVID-19," 7 July 2020 When a landlord threatened to evict a sick family, United Charities stepped in to pay the rent. David Tarrant, Dallas News, "Lessons from the past: How the deadly second wave of the 1918 “Spanish flu” caught Dallas and the U.S. by surprise," 3 July 2020 McMahon said the order preserves the right of landlords to evict or sue tenants for back rent. USA TODAY, "Mink worries, rumor patrol, paused reopenings: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2020 In New York City, the Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Queens tried to evict more than 20 residents at one point in March, according to residents and elder care lawyers. Amy Julia Harris, BostonGlobe.com, "‘They just dumped him like trash’: Nursing homes evict vulnerable residents," 22 June 2020 The money would be paid directly to landlords, who must agree to participate in the program and to not evict tenants for nonpayment until their rent is more than 45 days delinquent. Alexandria Burris, The Indianapolis Star, "'It is imperative': Indiana housing advocates urge help before evictions resume," 27 June 2020 The next day, state District Judge Antonia Arteaga issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting the defendants from threatening to evict DeLeon or locking her out of her apartment. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio apartment owner agrees to pay tenant who was locked out during pandemic," 23 June 2020 After that, landlords can issue a notice to evict but can’t remove tenants for another 30 days. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Bye $600 jobless benefit, eviction reprieve, cash for small firms. COVID-19 relief ending.," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of evict

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

History and Etymology for evict

Middle English, from Late Latin evictus, past participle of evincere, from Latin, to vanquish, win a point — more at evince

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“Evict.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evict. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of evict

: to force (someone) to leave a place


\ i-ˈvikt How to pronounce evict (audio) \
evicted; evicting

Kids Definition of evict

: to force (someone) to leave a place
\ i-ˈvikt How to pronounce evict (audio) \

Legal Definition of evict

: to put (a tenant) out of property by force, by virtue of a paramount title, or especially by legal process

History and Etymology for evict

Medieval Latin evictus, past participle of evincere to recover (property) by legal process, from Latin, to vanquish, regain possession of

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