\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The past decade has seen a rise in Israeli nationalists buying properties and evicting longtime Palestinian residents in Sheikh Jarrah and other east Jerusalem neighborhoods. Washington Post, "France reopens contested Jewish tomb in east Jerusalem," 8 Nov. 2019 Wiseman denies wrongdoing, and says the firm evicted Joanne Maarten for not paying rent, according to legal filings. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Landlord accused of illegally evicting people to rent their apartments on Airbnb," 7 Nov. 2019 Instead of evicting campers and then erecting fencing to keep people out -- as many private landowners do -- the navigation team would help move campers elsewhere, ideally somewhere with less impact. oregonlive, "Could consistent outreach impact most entrenched homeless camps? City says yes.," 3 Nov. 2019 Hough said anybody living in the house will be evicted and the building will be boarded up as soon as the order becomes official. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "City of Milwaukee gets OK to shutter house used for drugs, prostitution near grade school," 31 Oct. 2019 By the late 1990s, Damascus had capitulated to mounting pressure from Ankara, evicting Ocalan and shutting down PKK camps. Arwa Damon And Isil Sariyuce, CNN, "Turkey's assault in Syria is a boon for Erdogan. Here's why," 15 Oct. 2019 Tenant activists are worrying that such large rent increases continue to provide a backdoor means of evicting renters even if the city’s emergency anti-eviction ordinance passes. Los Angeles Times, "L.A. to consider emergency measures to prevent evictions in wake of new state law," 11 Oct. 2019 Fisher has said in court documents filed in two other lawsuits that all the allegations against him are false, and have led to his losing all work and being evicted. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Model wins $15M rape lawsuit against Grammy-winning producer," 26 Sep. 2019 Unsurprisingly, Michie opted to hold true to his relationship with Allen and evict Anthony from the house. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Big Brother Crowns a Winner! Find Out Who Won Season 21," 25 Sep. 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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The first known use of evict was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of evict

: to force (someone) to leave a place


\ 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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