\ 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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Court documents obtained by WISH-TV show that she was evicted for not paying rent in May 2014, less than a year after her adoptive parents left her alone in the apartment. Antonia Noori Farzan, Washington Post, "Police say she abandoned her adopted daughter. She says the girl was actually an adult sociopath.," 17 Sep. 2019 At the first summit dinner, Mr Trump argued that Russia should be invited back into the group, from which it was evicted after the annexation of Crimea. The Economist, "G7 leaders discuss climate change, economics, Russia and Iran," 25 Aug. 2019 Goodman, who makes $9 an hour, came home one day to suddenly find out she was being evicted from her $950 per month home. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Department of Justice Distributes a Memo to Immigration Court Employees With a Link to A White Supremacist Site: raceAhead," 23 Aug. 2019 Over the course of season six, Daisy helps to secure her father-in-law Mr. Mason a new home at Yew Tree Farm, after he is evicted from his former residence. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Where Did Downton Abbey Leave Off Before the Film?," 1 Sep. 2019 What awaits those evicted, in many instances, is a brutal cycle of job loss, severed social supports, and, above all, the heightened challenge of securing a future lease. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "The New American Homeless," 21 Aug. 2019 Cary said she was evicted from that apartment after her son left a hole in a wall. John Russett, Twin Cities, "‘A single mom can’t do it’: Metro housing struggles stretch to the suburbs," 10 Aug. 2019 Plus, a court rules in favor of Blanca in her housing case, meaning Norman can’t evict her, and her nail salon is safe. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Condoms, Consequences & Community: 5 Key Takeaways from Episode 7 of 'Pose' Season 2," 31 July 2019 And on June 5th America evicted India from a scheme that offers tariff-free access to certain goods from poor countries as a spur to development. The Economist, "India presents America with a choice between geopolitics and trade," 29 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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