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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After two months sharing the space with their rival lawsuits pending, Lewis vacated the building last week and is now working from offices about four blocks north of the MAC Presents offices. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Cara Lewis Moves Out of the Disputed Office Space Shared With Marcie Allen," 3 July 2019 Senior Elijah Sindelar steps into the role vacated by Blough, providing the team with another strong-armed pocket passer with excellent mobility. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 55 Purdue works to build on recent success," 1 July 2019 Factoring into the equation could be the role vacated by assistant coach Juwan Howard, who left last month to become coach at Michigan. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Pat Riley on Udonis Haslem’s Heat future, ‘He told me that he’s not finished yet with these guys’," 23 June 2019 For the next couple days, though, Holaday steps in the starting role vacated by All-Star J.T. Realmuto, who was placed on the paternity list Monday while expecting his first child. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Inside the thankless yet essential routine of Marlins backup catcher Bryan Holaday," 10 July 2018 Whether Bulovas is still the primary candidate to fill the role vacated by Pappanastos is uncertain. Rainer Sabin, AL.com, "How Nick Saban sees Alabama's kicking situation," 28 Mar. 2018 Stevenson fills the role vacated during the January retirement of David Oser. OregonLive.com, "Business Movers: Mason Terry named to lead the Oregon Renewable Energy Center," 21 Feb. 2018 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

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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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