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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In fact, Turkey may end up cutting a deal with Russia and the Syrian regime to take over only part of the territory that the U.S. will vacate—and leaving alone the most troublesome zones, such as Raqqa and lands further south. WSJ, "For Turkey, U.S. Exit From Syria Is an Opportunity—and a Risk," 25 Dec. 2018 The Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission today requested that the Supreme Court vacate an appeals court decision upholding net neutrality in 2016. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "DOJ and FCC request Supreme Court vacate 2016 net neutrality ruling," 3 Aug. 2018 Some players expressed a disconnect between returning to a school that still appreciates them and the fact that their achievements have been vacated from that school. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "Chris Mack is making former Louisville basketball players feel welcome," 2 July 2018 Usually, Democratic and Republican leaders in Philly agree to nominations for posts that have been vacated due to death, retirement, or other reasons. Chris Brennan, Philly.com, "Judge Beth Grossman? Philly's GOP nominee for DA may be appointed to the court | Clout," 28 June 2018 All four sentences have been vacated; the murder convictions still stand. Peter Hermann, baltimoresun.com, "D.C. sniper, serving life in prison, will get new sentencing hearings, appeals court rules," 21 June 2018 All four sentences have been vacated; the murder convictions still stand. Peter Hermann, chicagotribune.com, "D.C.-area sniper Lee Boyd Malvo to be resentenced in killings," 21 June 2018 After a developer sued to build a large rental complex on the 50-acre property that Pearson Education vacated in 2014, the borough negotiated to construct 188 town homes, 22 of which will be affordable housing. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Quiet and Neat as a Pin," 20 June 2018 Sac State has 45 days to self-report matches that shall be vacated. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Serious NCAA rules violations result in 3-year probation for Sac State tennis program | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Apr. 2018

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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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