\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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This week, the High Court of Bangladesh will decide whether or not to close down the Dhaka office of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety, and evict its inspectors. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Until Western Brands Take a Stand, the Lives of Bangladeshi Garment Workers Are at Risk," 4 Dec. 2018 In a separate case, Charles Edward Young, a black 63-year-old Army veteran, sustained cracked ribs after officer Cody Grimes attacked him in a 2016 incident in his own apartment after he'd called police for help evicting unwanted guests. David Pitt, Fox News, "2 black men sue Des Moines police, alleging racial profiling," 24 Aug. 2018 Ron Nate, Tom Loertscher and Sen. Tony Potts were among at least five incumbent lawmakers whom voters evicted. Rocky Barker, Maria La Ganga And Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "These Idaho primaries were quite different, but each victor spoke Tuesday of hope | Idaho Statesman," 16 May 2018 Last year, council members approved additional rules aimed at increasing transparency and preventing those evicted or otherwise involuntarily discharged from group and sober-living homes from becoming homeless. Daily Pilot Staff, latimes.com, "Political Landscape: Rohrabacher introduces bill to allow cities to ban sober-living homes," 11 May 2018 On June 6, Tamarcus Porter, a friend and former Pitt teammate of McCoy’s, filed in the Fulton County court for Cordon to be evicted from the home. Jenny Vrentas, SI.com, "Everything We Know About the Allegations Against LeSean McCoy," 12 July 2018 After their relationship ended last year, McCoy tried to evict Cordon and her children from the home the former couple shared. PEOPLE.com, "NFL Star LeSean McCoy Accused of Leaving His Ex-Girlfriend Bloody & Beaten in Viral Instagram Photo," 10 July 2018 The Munsons have paid $1,500 in legal fees to try to evict one tenant who hasn’t paid any rent since January. Gary Warth, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Couple who took in homeless find problems with program," 10 May 2018 The parents were evicted and the father later overdosed and died. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Washington Attorney General Ferguson says opioid abuse a frequent factor in child-welfare cases," 10 Oct. 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

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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

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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