vacate

verb
va·cate | \ ˈvā-ˌkāt , vā-ˈkāt \
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for vacate

Synonyms

clear, empty, evacuate, void

Antonyms

fill, load

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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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POWAY The Poway City Council met in special session Monday and appointed Caylin Frank to fill the council seat vacated by the retirement of Councilmember Jim Cunningham. Laura Groch, sandiegouniontribune.com, "How they voted, June 24," 24 June 2018 Parker filled the county commission seat vacated by Harry Sims, who left his seat to run for mayor. Angela Helm, The Root, "26-Year-Old Wins Local Office in Georgia, Takes Her Oath of Office on Autobiography of Malcolm X," 7 June 2018 Haaland will face Republican Janice Arnold-Jones in November’s general election for the seat vacated by Lujan Grisham. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "From California House races to women winning big, 9 things to know about Tuesday's primaries," 7 June 2018 Starks will fill the Democratic seat vacated by Clyburn. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "President Trump has nominated Geoffrey Starks to replace FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn," 2 June 2018 In 1975, he was elected unanimously by the New Orleans City Council to fill a council seat vacated by Eddie Sapir, who had been elected Municipal Court judge. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "The New Orleans preacher who helped launch MLK's movement," 29 May 2018 The city will pay nearly $50,000 to hold a special election in June for the legislative seat vacated by embattled state Rep. Angel Arce, even though there are only seven months left in Arce’s term and the legislative session is over. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Special Election Will Cost Cash-Strapped Hartford $46K," 12 May 2018 In the open seat vacated by the retiring Rep. Kathy Richardson, Gaylor Electric owner Chuck Goodrich defeated three other Republicans. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Delph holds off Republican challenge, 2 others not so lucky," 8 May 2018 Buchholz is expected to step into Miller’s vacated rotation spot. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks' Torey Lovullo: Initial update on Shelby Miller’s elbow positive," 13 July 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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10 Sep 2018

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The first known use of vacate was in 1643

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More Definitions for vacate

vacate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of vacate

: 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

verb
va·cate | \ ˈvā-ˌkāt \
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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