\ 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

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 That would evict the Golden State Force and Cal United Strikers of the third-tier NISA in addition to OCSC, which paid more than $195,000 for priority use of the stadium this season, according to the city. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2022 The new owner cannot evict them or raise their rents in violation of their existing leases. The Indianapolis Star, 1 Sep. 2022 Landlords may only evict a tenant who fails to make rent payments in the months after the emergency period ends. Ari Chazanas, Forbes, 25 July 2022 The Suffolk County Board of Health mandated the Beales clean up Grey Gardens and threatened to evict them otherwise. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 24 Aug. 2022 An Oklahoma man accused of shooting and killing one sheriff's deputy and wounding another on Monday after his mother tried to evict him had plans to kill officers, Oklahoma City Police Chief Wade Gourley said Tuesday. Paul Best, Fox News, 23 Aug. 2022 The historical society has argued Mattingly failed to maintain the grounds and damaged the property with its actions, prompting members to push to evict him. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 12 July 2022 Martha had violated the lease, the note said, and Florence wanted to evict her. Bryce Covert, The New Republic, 5 July 2022 Landlords filed to evict Phoenix-area tenants nearly 400,000 times from 2015-2021, according to The Republic’s analysis. AZCentral.com, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'evict.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Learn More About evict

Time Traveler for evict

Time Traveler

The first known use of evict was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near evict

Evian water



See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for evict

Last Updated

25 Sep 2022

Cite this Entry

“Evict.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evict. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

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

More from Merriam-Webster on evict

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for evict

Nglish: Translation of evict for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of evict for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!