\ 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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Andrew Garfield plays a young Floridian father who’s evicted from his home after being unable to make his mortgage payments. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "5 movies that explain what caused the financial crisis, and what happened after," 14 Sep. 2018 Kpedi, a 6-foot-7 center for Illinois from 1989 to ’91, is recovering at his Indianapolis home after he was shot April 16 by a former tenant who was being evicted from a property Kpedi manages. Shannon Ryan, chicagotribune.com, "Former Illinois basketball captain Andy Kpedi recovering from gunshot wound: 'I didn't know if this was life or death'," 2 May 2018 They are evicted from forests because of conservation programs. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, "She Stands Up to Power. Now, She’s Afraid to Go Home.," 3 May 2018 These small business owners in Little Haiti are being evicted. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "These Little Haiti businesses have a new landlord: a developer who wants them out | Miami Herald," 27 Apr. 2018 Marvel’s Fantastic Four, on the other hand, once went bankrupt and were evicted from their skyscraper headquarters. Jeremy Dauber And Danny Fingeroth, WSJ, "The Superhero of the Comics Business," 16 Nov. 2018 Some people lost their jobs or were evicted from rented apartments because police intimidated their bosses and landlords. Yanan Wang, Fox News, "Christian heartland opens window into fight for China's soul," 7 Aug. 2018 Redstone's grandson says the claims involving his grandfather's companies are irrelevant to whether Herzer was unfairly evicted from his life and cut out of his estate plan and would unnecessarily complicate discovery. Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sumner Redstone's Grandson Rips RICO Lawsuit Filed by Mogul's Ex-Companion," 27 Apr. 2018 This week, the High Court of Bangladesh will decide whether or not to close down the Dhaka office of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety, and evict its inspectors. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Until Western Brands Take a Stand, the Lives of Bangladeshi Garment Workers Are at Risk," 4 Dec. 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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