\ i-ˈvikt \
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 \ noun
evictor \i-ˈvik-tər \ 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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Prior to the incident, McCoy had attempted to evict Cordon from his home and had asked family, friends and movers to help remove her possessions from his home. NBC News, "NFL player LeSean McCoy's estranged ex-girlfriend attacked during home invasion," 11 July 2018 The encryption program, which performs its own accesses to memory addresses, will cause some of those TLB entries to be evicted and replaced with new mappings. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Hyperthreading under scrutiny with new TLBleed crypto key leak," 25 June 2018 One of those dreams is to date Vanessa, who works at a nearby salon and is about to be evicted from her apartment. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "A Highly Entertaining, Energetic 'In the Heights' At Playhouse On Park," 18 June 2018 Schiller said the summer surge is a nationwide phenomenon that accompanies the end of the school year because: Landlords who may be reluctant to evict families during the winter are less hesitant to do so when the weather is warmer. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "Bethany House needs donations for influx of homeless," 15 June 2018 At the center of all of this is Sam (Andrew Garfield), who is about to be evicted from his grimy one-bedroom apartment for grossly overdue rent but doesn’t seem terribly motivated to do anything about it. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The twisted Under the Silver Lake injects paranoia into its gleeful neo-noir pastiche," 18 May 2018 The petition to evict Powell comes from an incident involving her daughter in January 2018. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Katina Powell misses court but a judge isn't buying her excuse," 17 May 2018 Cheryl's mom reveals that the Sheriff plans to evict all of the Serpents from The White Worm. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riverdale Season 2 Episode 22: Did Jughead Die in the Season Finale?," 17 May 2018 Even a 30-year-old jobless man who recently gained notoriety after his parents went to court to evict him was offered work by a pizza chain as a publicity stunt. The Economist, "Worker shortages could heal America’s economy," 12 July 2018

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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

Medieval Latin evictus, past participle of evincere to recover (property) by legal process, from Latin, to vanquish, regain possession of

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English Language Learners Definition of evict

: to force (someone) to leave a place


\ i-ˈvikt \
evicted; evicting

Kids Definition of evict

: to force (someone) to leave a place

\ i-ˈvikt \

Legal Definition of evict 

: to put (a tenant) out of property by force, by virtue of a paramount title, or especially by legal process

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