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 eviction (audio) \ noun
evictor \ i-​ˈvik-​tər How to pronounce evictor (audio) \ 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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Be’eri left the army and founded Elad with the goal of revitalizing the area, which, in practice, meant developing creative ways to evict Palestinians from their homes and move Jewish families into the part of Silwan closest to the City of David. Rachel Poser, Harper's magazine, "Common Ground," 19 Aug. 2019 The manager of the apartment complex told FOX35 Adams is set to be evicted. Fox News, "Florida man threatens neighbors with nunchucks and bug spray, but only injures himself: reports," 14 Aug. 2019 Among them was an attempt to evict ethnic Tamils temporarily living in Colombo. Washington Post, "Sri Lanka’s feared wartime official now in presidential fray," 11 Aug. 2019 The owner of the building in dispute was actually a black Pentecostal church, whose leaders had asked a Jewish tenant to evict a black subtenant, who enlisted the aid of Sharpton and other race-baiters to whip up street protests. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Al Sharpton Is Not a Civil-Rights Hero," 31 July 2019 Among a list of initiatives, the bill plans to ban policies which allow tenants to be evicted for any singular incident of criminal activity, regardless of how minuscule the alleged crime, favoring a more holistic view. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Sen. Kamala Harris, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Introduce Bill To Help People With Criminal Records Get Housing," 10 July 2019 Police in riot gear fired tear gas to chase crowds away from the building, but those who breached the chamber apparently left before police carried out a warning to use force if necessary to evict the occupiers. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Beijing issues ominous warning after 'atrocities,' but Hong Kong protesters undeterred," 2 July 2019 Those occupancy changes caused the lender to seek repayment and then to evict Greg, who was living there at the time. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Reverse mortgages can cause problems when spouses, heirs aren't on board," 12 June 2019 But in the late ’90s, when the McLaughlin Eastshore State Park took control of the Bulb, the City of Albany moved to evict the community. Rick Paulas, SFChronicle.com, "Defender of the homeless remains committed, and angry," 12 June 2019

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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

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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