\i-ˈvikt \
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 \ noun
evictor \i-ˈvik-tər \ 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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In 2014, rapper Chief Keef was evicted from the house after falling behind on rent payments. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "Highland Park mansion's use of Airbnb spurs neighbor lawsuit: 'We have to clean up empty beer cans'," 10 July 2018 In June, McCoy attempted to have Cordon evicted from his home in Georgia, even sending people to attempt to remove her furniture. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "Attorney: Man Who Attacked LeSean McCoy's Ex-Girlfriend Demanded Jewelry," 11 July 2018 The Taliban has demanded all foreign military forces be evicted from the country. Tracy Wilkinson, latimes.com, "Pompeo makes surprise stop in Afghanistan and says Trump's policy there is working," 9 July 2018 The officer has since been sentenced to a year in prison for violating the police force’s disciplinary code, and his family was evicted from their home in what the government said was an unrelated matter. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "Myanmar judge charges two Reuters journalists with violating colonial-era secrets act," 9 July 2018 But thank God that grapevine police dept.and the FBI got hold on my case and charge this man multiple counts of felonies of hate crime and got evicted from our apts and any apts in grapevine. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Former Firefighter Arrested for Hanging Doll with Noose Outside His Black Neighbor's Apartment," 27 June 2018 Brian Strauss, the landlord who evicted the Double Door from its longtime home, sold the building at the intersection of Milwaukee and Damen avenues to developer CA Residential for $9.1 million. Ben Meyerson, RedEye Chicago, "Fyre Fest founder fails, your crappy sleep habits, and more conversation starters for your weekend," 22 June 2018 Jack Carson, who oversees the police unit in charge of evicting camps, said the new approach would be more efficient and result in much cleaner parks. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage wants to declare ‘clean-up zones’ for homeless camps," 12 June 2018 Prior to the incident, McCoy had attempted to evict Cordon from his home and had asked family, friends and movers to help remove her possessions from his home. NBC News, "NFL player LeSean McCoy's estranged ex-girlfriend attacked during home invasion," 11 July 2018

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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

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

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English Language Learners Definition of evict

: to force (someone) to leave a place


\i-ˈvikt \
evicted; evicting

Kids Definition of evict

: to force (someone) to leave a place

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Legal Definition of evict 

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

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