evicted; evicting; evicts

transitive verb

: to recover (property) from a person by legal process
: to put (a tenant) out by legal process
: to force out : expel
eviction noun
evictor 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.
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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Evict.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evict. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to put (a person) out from property by legal action
eviction noun
evictor noun

Legal Definition


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

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

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