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 During his second-to-last visit on the evening of Sept. 9, Brown, carrying a knife, started kicking Grande's security vehicle after he was asked to vacate the property, her manager alleged. NBC News, 7 Oct. 2021 Seconds before his trial came to an end and jurors filtered out of the courtroom to begin deciding his fate, Tyler Newby's attorneys made a last-minute request Wednesday and asked the judge to vacate a voluntary manslaughter charge. Johnny Magdaleno, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Oct. 2021 Oliver decided to vacate to a local dinner and noticed Charles was listening to All is Not Okay in Oklahoma and asked what Beaux had found. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 21 Sep. 2021 Journey, LL Cool J, Santana, and Andrea Bocelli were able to perform before the crowd of 60,000 were asked to vacate the grounds during Manilow’s performance. Charu Sinha, Vulture, 21 Aug. 2021 The memo, filed Monday, supports the petition of Joshua Spriestersbach, who is requesting the state of Hawaii correct the records and vacate the arrest that led to his confinement at the hospital. Andy Rose, CNN, 6 Aug. 2021 The book begins on a sad note with Gladys Vanderbilt, great-granddaughter of its builders, being ordered to vacate the premises after a dispute with the preservation society that now owned it. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2021 It was then given an additional citation and ordered to vacate when the city's Department of Codes and Regulations denied its appeal in August. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, 30 July 2021 Miami-Dade property records show the complex was temporarily ordered to vacate in 2013 after being hit with unsafe-structure violations. Devoun Cetoute And Douglas Hanks, sun-sentinel.com, 15 July 2021

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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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12 Oct 2021

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“Vacate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vacate. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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.)
: 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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