\ 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

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 The cease-fire took effect on May 21, but the long-running campaign by Jewish settlers to evict dozens of Palestinian families continues. Fox News, 22 June 2021 Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians began to rise last month following efforts to evict dozens of Palestinian families by Jewish settlers in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. Jemima Mcevoy, Forbes, 16 May 2021 Up the hill from the Old City, in the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, four Palestinian households have been waging a long battle against attempts by Jewish settlers to evict them. Raja Shehadeh, The New Yorker, 11 May 2021 After those restrictions eased, tensions over a plan to evict dozens of Palestinians from an east Jerusalem neighborhood continued to fuel confrontations. Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, 11 May 2021 So, be a responsible homeowner of the real estate of your life: evict him from your thoughts, your social media and your phone forever. Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Apr. 2022 In upholding the state law, the court said California is not confiscating private property, just requiring assistance by owners who made the decisions to rent the residence and later to evict the renters. James Raineystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2022 Later the same day, Trestletree’s property manager inspected Fletcher’s apartment, blamed the neighbors for clogging the building’s pipes and, according to the lawsuit, threatened to evict Fletcher. Alan Judd, ajc, 19 June 2022 The Phoenix emergency rental assistance program requires landlords to consent to not evict a renter for 30 days. AZCentral.com, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 12 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for evict


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

Kids Definition of evict

: to force (someone) to leave a place


transitive verb
\ 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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