vacate

verb
va·​cate | \ ˈvā-ˌkāt How to pronounce vacate (audio) , vā-ˈkāt How to pronounce vacate (audio) \
vacated; vacating

Definition of vacate

transitive verb

1a : to deprive of an incumbent or occupant
b : to give up the incumbency or occupancy of
2 : to make legally void : annul

intransitive verb

: to vacate an office, post, or tenancy

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Examples of vacate in a Sentence

She refused to vacate her post even under increased pressure. The election will fill the congressional seat vacated by the retiring senator. The police told everyone to vacate the premises. Students must vacate their rooms at the end of the semester. The court vacated the conviction.
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The Alliance for Affordable Energy, the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, 350-New Orleans and the Sierra Club brought the suit that sought to vacate the council’s approval. Nola.com | The Times-picayune, nola.com, "Judge rules City Council violated open meetings law to approve Entergy plant," 14 June 2019 In fact, as part of a settlement agreement, the two sides asked the judge to vacate some of her rulings. Caroline S. Engelmayer, latimes.com, "Rather than hold Trump officials in contempt, Democrats may go to court instead. Will it work?," 13 June 2019 Four days earlier, current District D council member Dwight Boykins, whom Jordan calls a good friend, announced plans to vacate the seat to run for mayor. Orion Donovan-smith, Washington Post, "‘Scarface is dead’: The Geto Boys rapper says he’s focused on running for Houston City Council," 11 June 2019 Many sea creatures have either died or been forced to vacate the Mississippi Gulf Coast because of the water’s low salinity. Fox News, "Mississippi Gulf Coast fishermen struggling as flooding disaster wipes out marine life," 7 June 2019 His accusers played a fundamental role in former Gov. George Ryan’s decision to vacate Illinois’ death row in 2000 and declare a moratorium on capital punishment in the state. Alejandro Serrano, chicagotribune.com, "Lightfoot is pressed to fund memorial for police torture victims under Jon Burge," 7 June 2019 Brown also has urged Acosta to vacate Gable’s state convictions, six counts of aggravated murder and one count of murder. oregonlive.com, "Brothers of slain Oregon prisons chief start fundraiser for Frank Gable as he prepares for release from prison," 4 June 2019 But even after New York City released thousands of pages of case documents in 2018, supporting the decision to vacate the convictions, Fairstein continued to defend the initial convictions and to deny the confessions were coerced. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Felicity Huffman’s villainous portrayal helps spark boycott of Central Park Five prosecutor," 4 June 2019 The individual security officers who were sued later sought to vacate that default judgment, and a judge dismissed claims against Kabila. Eric Tucker, The Seattle Times, "Brawl suits against Turkey raise questions of law, diplomacy," 19 May 2019

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First Known Use of vacate

1643, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for vacate

New Latin vacātus, past participle of vacāre "to annul," going back to Latin, "to be empty, have space" (sense probably by confusion with Medieval Latin vacuāre "to annul," going back to Latin, "to empty," derivative of vacuus "empty") — more at vacant, vacuum entry 1

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The first known use of vacate was in 1643

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vacate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of vacate

formal : to leave (a job or position)
: to leave (a seat, hotel room, etc.)
US, law : to say officially that (a legal judgment) is no longer valid

vacate

verb
va·​cate | \ ˈvā-ˌkāt How to pronounce vacate (audio) \
vacated; vacating

Kids Definition of vacate

: to leave empty or not used The tenants vacated the house.

vacate

verb
va·​cate
vacated; vacating

Legal Definition of vacate

transitive verb

1 : to make void : annul, set aside vacate a lower court order
2a : to make vacant
b : to give up the occupancy of

intransitive verb

: to vacate an office, post, or tenancy

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