vacate

verb va·cate \ ˈvā-ˌkāt , vā-ˈkāt \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of vacate

vacated; vacating
transitive verb
1 a : 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

Examples of vacate in a Sentence

  1. She refused to vacate her post even under increased pressure.

  2. The election will fill the congressional seat vacated by the retiring senator.

  3. The police told everyone to vacate the premises.

  4. Students must vacate their rooms at the end of the semester.

  5. The court vacated the conviction.

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Origin and Etymology of 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, 1vacuum


VACATE Defined for English Language Learners

vacate

verb

Definition of vacate for English Language Learners

  • : to leave (a job or position)

  • : to leave (a seat, hotel room, etc.)

  • law : to say officially that (a legal judgment) is no longer valid


VACATE Defined for Kids

vacate

verb va·cate \ ˈvā-ˌkāt \

Definition of vacate for Students

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

Law Dictionary

vacate

verb va·cate

legal Definition of vacate

vacated; vacating
transitive verb
1 : to make void : annul, set aside
  • vacate a lower court order
2 a : to make vacant
b : to give up the occupancy of
intransitive verb
: to vacate an office, post, or tenancy


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