\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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The parents were evicted and the father later overdosed and died. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Washington Attorney General Ferguson says opioid abuse a frequent factor in child-welfare cases," 10 Oct. 2018 In rare cases, Israel has also evicted Jewish settlers who have squatted illegally. Majdi Mohammed, Fox News, "Israel removes protest shacks near embattled West Bank site," 13 Sep. 2018 The effects of the housing market failure are widespread: In 2016, over one million households were evicted, with the highest concentrations of evictions happening in the southeast. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Two senators are proposing national rent relief bills. Here’s why it matters," 10 Aug. 2018 Smitley repeatedly harassed and tried unsuccessfully to evict McGuffin, the lawsuit said. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Judge: Landlord must pay $220,000 for discriminating against ill tenant," 11 July 2018 For years, court records show, MacIntyre, the owner of the building on 27th Street, had been trying to evict the tenants. Kimberly Veklerov, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland finds likely collusion between inspector, property owner in eviction," 1 July 2018 That’s when Ferroni found out that George and his family had been evicted from their home in Union County when his mother, Melanie Robinson, lost her job. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "PEOPLE’s Former Sexiest Teacher Alive Nick Ferroni Helps His Student After Family Is Evicted," 8 June 2018 Court documents show that Kerri Green was evicted from her east Houston apartment in March. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Houston mom allegedly abandoned young children in trash-filled apartment," 1 May 2018 But other researchers of this disease are conflicted about the study’s method, fearing there is no way to be sure that all of the tiny parasites have been evicted from the hosts when the trial ends. Heather Murphy, New York Times, "They’re Hosting Parasitic Worms in Their Bodies to Help Treat a Neglected Disease," 1 Mar. 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

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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

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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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