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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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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McSally will take over the seat vacated by Sen. Jon Kyl, who had previously been appointed to serve out a portion of the late Sen. John McCain’s remaining term. Li Zhou, Vox, "Republican Martha McSally lost Arizona’s Senate race. She’s being appointed to the Senate anyway.," 18 Dec. 2018 Pastor went to Congress after winning a 1991 special election for the seat vacated by fellow Democrat Morris K. Udall. Bob Christie, The Seattle Times, "Ex-Rep. Ed Pastor, Arizona’s 1st Hispanic congressman, dies," 28 Nov. 2018 In the election, Democrats ousted Republican incumbents Dana Rohrabacher and Mimi Walters and picked up open seats vacated by the retiring veteran GOP lawmakers Darrell Issa and Ed Royce. Mr. Royce’s seat was won by Mr. Cisneros. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Democrats Complete House Sweep of California’s Orange County," 18 Nov. 2018 The drama-focused president revealed his choice for the seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement in a prime-time TV address to the country. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Investing in vapor wares like Juul could be lucrative. But some Silicon Valley VCs draw the line at vice.," 10 July 2018 President Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to fill the seat vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a move that will shift the political make-up of the court to the right. Rob Tornoe, Philly.com, "Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court," 9 July 2018 Even flight attendants aren’t immune to this stress — as was the case in 2017 when a man who refused to vacate his seat on a United Airlines flight was violently dragged down the plane aisle, bloodying his face. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Why there are so many viral confrontations on airplanes," 2 Nov. 2018 In that case, the FBI tried to compel Apple to unlock an iPhone linked to a horrific workplace shooting, only to vacate the case when a third-party fix became available. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Facebook’s encryption fight will be harder than San Bernardino," 20 Aug. 2018 Wheeler said in a press conference last week, according to The Oregonian, though advising protesters to vacate the ICE field office and the camp before the police disbands them. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "ICE agents accuse Oregon mayor of abetting 'Abolish ICE' protesters," 31 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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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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