\ 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 They had been evicted from their house, and their car was stolen. Paul Tough, The Atlantic, "The Myth of the Wealthy Welder," 13 Sep. 2019 In 2016, three students were evicted for dumping trash, shouting slurs and throwing beer cans toward the mosque. Justin Sayers, azcentral, "Evictions likely at towers near UA after bottles thrown at mosque," 5 Sep. 2019 Fewer families would be evicted from their homes or be unable to pay their medical bills, and fewer graduates who enter the labor market would suffer a recession penalty in their future earnings. Douglas Elmendorf, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Fiscal stimulus can help fight the next recession," 3 Sep. 2019 Tenants who have lived in an apartment for at least a year could not be evicted without a just cause, including failing to pay rent, breaching a rental agreement, creating a nuisance or engaging in criminal activity. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "11th-hour deal paves way for bill to end rent gouging in state," 30 Aug. 2019 They were evicted from one room, leaving behind several credit cards and identification in different names. Jake Richardson, The Mercury News, "Campbell crime report for the week of Sept. 6," 29 Aug. 2019 Anyone who is evicted without cause can file a claim against their landlord in court — free of charge. Gustavo Solis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Remain in Mexico: Tijuana rent scams target asylum seekers," 26 Aug. 2019 The researchers compared financial outcomes for tenants who were evicted with those who were not. The Economist, "New research probes eviction’s causes and consequences," 24 Aug. 2019 The apartment unit was being subleased to a couple, who had recently been evicted, the sergeant continued. Nicole Hensley, Houston Chronicle, "Man found shot to death in abandoned apartment in north Harris County," 18 July 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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