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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Back at the trolley tracks, the occupiers have been evicted but taxpayers will have to foot the costly cleanup bill. Andy Ngo, WSJ, "Anarchy Breaks Out in Portland, With the Mayor’s Blessing," 3 Aug. 2018 That fighting ultimately led Andres Barrera, 46, to have his brother legally evicted from the home in the summer of 2016, prosecutors said. Jared Gilmour, star-telegram, "Texas brothers inherited parents’ home. One evicted the other — and ended up dead.," 9 May 2018 Alemán tells Teen Vogue that she and her family got evicted from their home in the Mission — San Francisco’s historic Latinx neighborhood — in the early dot-com boom. Jackie Fielder, Teen Vogue, "Gabriela López Just Became the Youngest Elected Official in San Francisco," 11 Jan. 2019 Many of his scores, which could be sketchy, were lost when he was evicted from his apartment. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "The ecstasy of Julius Eastman's ‘Femenine,’ and how angst and anger turn to beauty and grace," 23 May 2018 They were not evicted but the building was written up. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Jacques Kelly: Kirk Avenue's Compound, an artists' commune in need of some work," 28 Apr. 2018 More homeless men arrived December of that year after they were evicted from an encampment along railroad tracks in North Akron to make way for Phase III of Summit Metro Parks Freedom Trail. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter, cleveland.com, "Second Chance Village supporters rally at Akron City Council to support homeless encampment," 9 Apr. 2018 Following the fire came a campaign to evict thousands of internal migrants from housing designated as unsafe and overcrowded, leaving many homeless in the bitter Beijing winter. Jackie Mansky, Smithsonian, "These Contest-Winning ‘Fairy Tales’ Might Be Bleak, But They Are Topical," 7 Apr. 2018 The neighbors held a meeting and agreed to ask the landlord to evict the young mixed-race couple. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland.com, "Medina businessman Curtis Perkins gives back through community leadership: Local Legends," 2 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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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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