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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Recent Examples on the Web

As part of the expansion, the plan would be for the city to vacate that section of Evanslawn. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "City Council OKs new plans for Aurora University, West Plaza," 29 June 2018 However, the situation remains blurry, as Russia had called for non-Syrian forces to vacate southern Syria. Ariel Ben Solomon, Jewish Journal, "Is an anti-Iran bloc of Russia, U.S. and Israel forming in Syria?," 13 June 2018 Pepper and other residents were told to vacate the complex, and they were moved to a nearby McDonald's, then to a Holiday Inn. Martin E. Comas, Anchorage Daily News, "4 children, gunman found dead 24 hours after Orlando standoff began," 12 June 2018 Almost immediately, Armenians from all walks of life—though, it must be said, as with many protest movements, students played a large role — took to the streets in an ad-hoc, grassroots movement calling for Sargsyan to vacate his post. Matthew Bodner, The New Republic, "Armenia Is Breaking the Post-Soviet Mold," 4 May 2018 As his attorney explained in a hearing last week in Jackson County Circuit Court, Sylvester R. Sisco II is asking a judge to vacate his conviction in the 2006 shooting that left one man dead and another injured. Ian Cummings, kansascity, "Prosecutors withheld key to video evidence in Kansas City murder, convict tells court | The Kansas City Star," 10 Apr. 2018 Lampley asked the judge to vacate Fearn's conviction and order a new trial. Ashley Remkus, AL.com, "'A truly innocent victim': Man sentenced to life in prison for gunning down his step-father," 5 Apr. 2018 Calls grew louder Monday for Nathan Boddie, a doctor and member of the Bend City Council, to quit the race for a House seat being vacated by a Republican who is the GOP’s gubernatorial candidate in the November election. Andrew Selsky, The Seattle Times, "Calls for Democratic candidate for state House to quit," 9 July 2018 In March, 2016, a judge vacated Ben’s and Clarissa’s convictions from their arrest together. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, "How One Woman’s Fight to Save Her Family Helped Lead to a Mass Exoneration," 19 May 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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