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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Recent Examples on the Web South Koreans were then ordered to vacate the facility that was supposed to serve as a place where people from the two Koreas could meet. Jeong-ho Lee, Bloomberg.com, "Kim Jong Un Makes Rare Apology Over Killing of South Korean," 25 Sep. 2020 Fortas did not vacate his seat as associate justice while his nomination to replace Warren was pending. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Examining Trump's claim that Supreme Court vacancies occurred 29 times during election year or before inauguration," 23 Sep. 2020 At Indiana University in Bloomington, administrators quarantined three-fourths of Greek houses on campus and suggested students vacate the remaining houses and find new places to live. Amber Hunt, The Enquirer, "Positive for COVID but partying anyway? Data shows college campuses are coronavirus hotspots," 14 Sep. 2020 That's when Sanchez got a notice to vacate the mobile home where her family lives. Russ Bynum, Star Tribune, "Rent's due, again: Monthly anxieties deepen as aid falls off," 31 July 2020 Notices to vacate are up sharply for higher-end properties, but flat to down for the more affordable units, Adler said. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Apartment tenants mostly making the May rent in Colorado and elsewhere," 16 May 2020 At Indiana University in Bloomington, administrators quarantined three-fourths of Greek houses on campus and suggested students vacate the remaining houses and find new places to live. Chris Quintana, USA TODAY, "'Astonishingly risky': COVID cases at colleges are fueling the nation's hottest outbreaks," 12 Sep. 2020 Spencer’s attorneys file an application for a writ of habeas corpus, seeking to vacate his conviction and eventually freed him from prison. Dallas News, "Dallas man convicted in deadly 1987 robbery makes another bid for freedom after new evidence surfaces," 4 Sep. 2020 In Texas, the eviction process begins when a landlord delivers a tenant a notice to vacate. Marina Starleaf Riker, ExpressNews.com, "How will the new eviction moratorium be enforced? No one is sure yet," 3 Sep. 2020

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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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Last Updated

29 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vacate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vacate. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for vacate

vacate

verb
How to pronounce vacate (audio) How to pronounce vacate (audio)

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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