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 The Buckeyes were forced to vacate 12 victories and the Big Ten championship after it was revealed that Pryor and four other Ohio State players had traded autographs and memorabilia for cash and free tattoos at a Columbus tattoo parlor. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 13 July 2021 Harsh sanctions were imposed on USC, which was forced to vacate the 2004 national title and permanently disassociate from Bush. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2021 Guard members were forced to vacate congressional grounds on Thursday after spending two weeks protecting the city following a deadly riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, 21 Jan. 2021 However, Perles was forced to vacate five wins in his final season due to NCAA violations within the program. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 1 Jan. 2021 And if he is forced to vacate the White House on Jan. 20, Trump is likely to prove more resilient than expected and almost surely will remain a powerful and disruptive force in American life. Peter Baker An, Star Tribune, 4 Nov. 2020 And if he is forced to vacate the White House on Jan. 20, Mr. Trump is likely to prove more resilient than expected and almost surely will remain a powerful and disruptive force in American life. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, 4 Nov. 2020 With more than half a million people forced to vacate their properties, the state is seen to be especially vulnerable. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, 13 Sep. 2020 Hurricane Laura, categorized as a major hurricane, forced many from the Houston-Beaumont-Orange areas of Texas to vacate their homes and seek shelter in other cities such as San Antonio. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, ExpressNews.com, 26 Aug. 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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20 Jul 2021

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“Vacate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vacate. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for vacate

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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