evict

verb
\ 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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The truck driver from Pennsylvania (as opposed to the singer from England) was evicted unanimously by his fellow house guests after what was apparently a big brouhaha just a few hours before the live eviction. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Sam Smith reveals 'chaos' before Big Brother eviction," 2 Aug. 2019 The Planet Bar, a bar on Bardstown Road in the Highlands, closed abruptly over the weekend after the owner was evicted by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Planet Bar owner speaks out after business is evicted from Bardstown Road building," 22 July 2019 The resulting legislation would cap rents statewide at 7% annually plus inflation and block landlords from evicting tenants without a reason. Los Angeles Times, "Oregon vowed not to become California — and passed sweeping housing crisis legislation," 19 July 2019 Portland’s famous Alder Street food cart pod, which was recently evicted to make way for a Ritz-Carlton hotel, has secured a new location along the North Park Blocks. oregonlive.com, "Famous Portland food carts secure spot at North Park Blocks," 17 July 2019 Once a mobile-home tax lien is purchased, the buyer owns the home and can evict the tenants. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "County officials still hammering out details of plan to save veteran's mobile home," 12 July 2019 Versailles remained the epicenter of French royal power for more than a century, until 1789, when an agitated group of revolutionaries stormed the palace and evicted Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. And Gareth Jones, National Geographic, "Here’s why Versailles will blow your mind—and how to visit," 9 July 2019 The Corps has said protesters weren’t evicted due to free speech reasons. USA TODAY, "Barbie, Tupac, scorpions and Red Vines: News from around our 50 states," 19 July 2019 For years after the farmers were evicted, the land sat empty. Emily Alpert Reyes, latimes.com, "Latest battle over South Central Farm ends — this time not with arrests, but a vote," 2 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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evict

verb

English Language Learners Definition of evict

: to force (someone) to leave a place

evict

verb
\ 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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