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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And after the state’s governor appointed colorless placeholder Luther Strange to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions (who left to become U.S. attorney general), Moore handily defeated Strange — 55–45 percent — in a primary-runoff election. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "Steve King and Roy Moore Don’t Belong in the GOP," 6 Aug. 2019 Martwick was appointed to the 10th District Senate seat vacated by former Sen. John Mulroe, who became a Cook County judge. Lisa Donovan, chicagotribune.com, "The Spin: Mueller testifies about Trimp, er, Trump | Chicago police keep files on public speakers | Obama honored near Mount Rushmore," 24 July 2019 Amanda Aronson was endorsed for the special election to fill the Board of Education seat recently vacated by Cheryl Greenberg. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "West Hartford Democrats endorse candidates for November elections," 18 July 2019 The City Council voted 3-2 to appoint Cabrera to fill the seat vacated by Phil Ortiz when he was appointed to the City Council. San Diego Union-Tribune, "El Cajon chooses new Planning Commissioner," 16 July 2019 The race is for the seat vacated by the death of Montgomery restaurant owner Dimitri Polizos, who died after a heart attack in March. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al.com, "Charlotte Meadows, Michael Fritz in runoff for Montgomery House seat," 11 June 2019 Gable’s lawyers also Tuesday filed a motion to vacate the nearly nine year federal sentence issued in 1991 after he was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm and sentenced as a career criminal. oregonlive.com, "Prosecutors clear way for Frank Gable’s potential release from prison soon, under federal supervision," 25 June 2019 Another five Democrats are competing for the seat in the county’s Providence district being vacated by Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth (D-Providence). Antonio Olivo, Washington Post, "An election day that will bring new leaders to Fairfax County," 10 June 2019 David Snyder, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, hailed the judge's decision to vacate his order. Christopher Weber, Fox News, "Judge reverses order barring court photos of murder suspect," 27 Sep. 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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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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