\ 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 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 Many landlords don’t want to evict tenants either, said Michael A. Steiner, the lawyer for the landlord who began eviction proceedings against Mr. Gaye. New York Times, "New York Halted Evictions. But What Happens When the Ban Ends?," 1 Jan. 2021 Landlords who want to evict their tenants despite the national moratorium have options, advocates and legal experts said. Freep.com, "Michigan renters face eviction despite pandemic safety net: 'I don't want to be homeless'," 24 Dec. 2020 Ozeruga and his business, Urban Housing Development, attempted to evict the Kinneys in 2018 after purchasing the building, but the Kinneys' federal complaint and a state counterclaim delayed the eviction. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Portland real estate investor to sell foreclosed house following protests," 11 Dec. 2020 Across the country over the last three decades, cities and police departments have approved policies that empower landlords to evict or exclude tenants who have had prior criminal convictions or new brushes with law enforcement. Los Angeles Times, "‘Gimme Shelter’: How ‘crime-free housing’ rules prevented a family from renting," 9 Dec. 2020 Tannisha Hill's landlord, Glendale Enterprise Live Work Lofts LLC, moved to evict her in June after her child and a friend ding-dong-ditched some of their neighbors late at night. Jessica Boehm, USA TODAY, "'A nightmare for too many': Hundreds of Arizona renters may have been wrongfully evicted during pandemic," 18 Nov. 2020 Many property owners are accustomed to vacancies and occasional months without rent payments (and those who evict tenants in more normal times can often expect the process to take months). Emily Badger New York Times, Star Tribune, "Why an eviction ban alone won't prevent a housing crisis," 6 Sep. 2020 When Multnomah County deputies arrived at the house in September to evict the family, Kinney recorded the interaction. oregonlive, "Sovereign citizen ideology embraced by Kinney son, mother in ‘red house’ legal fight: ‘This case is a political case’," 11 Dec. 2020 That effort is expected to be more crucial than ever in the coming months as federal aid for rent dries up and landlords are again allowed to evict tenants with overdue bills. Kate Santich, orlandosentinel.com, "Central Florida’s homeless coalition gets $2.5 million grant from Jeff Bezos’ Day 1 fund," 9 Dec. 2020

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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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16 Jan 2021

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“Evict.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evict. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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