\ 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.

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And the Democratic plans to evict him come November 2020. Megan Mcardle, The Denver Post, "Megan McArdle: I’ll vote for any of the Democrats. But please nominate someone who can actually win.," 8 July 2019 In response to the suit filed by Alpha Omega, the university has filed an unlawful detainer case against the corporation as a way to legally evict Alpha Omega and take ownership of the house, according to Ottilie. Maggie Angst, The Mercury News, "Stanford “unjustly” punished a fraternity for unproven drugging, suit alleges," 8 July 2019 Shanafelt had lost her job, been evicted from her home and couldn't afford the payments at the RV park. AZCentral.com, "Police shootings in Arizona," 19 June 2019 On Friday, Adams was evicted from the mobile home park, police said. Amir Vera, CNN, "California man allegedly kills 4 people and himself over longtime feud," 24 June 2019 Since the move, Mathew has been evicted from his apartment and has spent months either homeless or in jail, according to court records. oregonlive.com, "Kicked to the curb: How the state failed fragile mentally ill Oregonians," 22 June 2019 Every two years in Milwaukee, one in eight renters is evicted. William Langhorne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Congregation leaders meeting in Milwaukee learn about the toll evictions take nationally," 22 June 2019 In April, Assange was evicted from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he had been holed up since 2012. Washington Post, "Sweden won’t appeal decision not to arrest Assange," 21 June 2019 He, along with his Olympic sailor wife and two kids, were evicted from his student housing. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "College admissions scandal: Ex-Stanford sailing coach sentenced to 1 day in prison," 12 June 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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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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