evict

verb
\ 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 evict (audio) \ noun
evictor \ i-​ˈvik-​tər How to pronounce evict (audio) \ noun

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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 Suddenly, panicked landlords unable to evict current tenants and losing others to suburban flight began offering units at cut rates with generous concessions. Noah Kirsch, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Housing experts argue Florida has some of the harshest eviction laws in the country, written so landlords can evict people as quickly as possible and without going to court. Caroline Glenn, orlandosentinel.com, 13 May 2021 It is assumed that Israel’s Supreme Court will soon decide to evict the Palestinians and give the homes to Jewish claimants. Raja Shehadeh, The New Yorker, 11 May 2021 Before the pandemic, Budhoo had typically worked with Horn to evict a tenant every few months. Eli Saslow, Washington Post, 1 May 2021 In January, Palmer tried unsuccessfully to evict her tenant using private security guards, but the attempt failed after community activists and members of Memphis Tenants Union camped out on Cathey's lawn. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 23 Apr. 2021 Some council members floated potential concerns that landlords may have, including the building standards required of homes where tenants pay with a voucher, and whether this negatively impacts a landlord’s ability to evict a problem tenant. Robin Goist, cleveland, 6 Apr. 2021 An eviction filing signals an intent to evict but does not necessarily mean a tenant was evicted. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, 26 Mar. 2021 Landlords who agree to participate must also agree to not evict the tenant for nonpayment until the renter is more than 45 days delinquent on rent. Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis Star, 24 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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9 Jun 2021

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“Evict.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evict. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for evict

evict

verb

English Language Learners Definition of evict

: to force (someone) to leave a place

evict

verb
\ 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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