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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The presumed front-runner in the 27th District, the Democratic-leaning seat being vacated by Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican who is retiring, is Donna Shalala, a Democrat who is not Hispanic. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "‘The Blue Wave Came’: Win for Non-Hispanic Democrat Signals Big Shift in Miami," 30 June 2018 Twelve years later, he was nominated by President Ronald Reagan for the Supreme Court seat that was being vacated by Lewis Powell. NBC News, "'The Decider': Kennedy's legacy as a Supreme Court swing vote," 27 June 2018 In Utah, all eyes are on Mitt Romney, who is running to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Orin Hatch. Rob Tornoe, Philly.com, "2018 Election: Primaries in New York, Maryland, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Mississippi and South Carolina," 26 June 2018 Democrat Chrissy Houlahan and Republican tax lawyer Greg McCauley are the remaining 6th District candidates for the seat outside of Philadelphia, vacated by GOP Rep. Ryan A. Costello. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: A more competitive map," 14 May 2018 On Monday, July 9, President Donald Trump announced his nominee for the Supreme Court seat being vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy. Mckenzie Schwark, Teen Vogue, "Abortion-Rights Hashtag Signals Opposition to Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Nomination," 10 July 2018 The premier race could be the one for the open seat being vacated by Commissioner Chip LaMarca, who is running for state representative. Larry Barszewski, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Battle of the mayors highlights Broward commission races," 22 June 2018 The eviction drama began on Feb. 2 when the parents left their first note, saying Michael had two weeks to vacate his room at the family's Camillus home. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "New York millennial finally leaves his parents' home, but first calls cops on his dad over Legos," 1 June 2018 Pitino recently had to vacate his 2013 NCAA championship at Louisville, but Cal still leads in vacancies, having been caught cheating with UMass in 1996 and Memphis in 2008. Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, "The Yawkey Way debate, and other notes," 3 Mar. 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

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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