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 Three men, ages 58, 57, and 51, were discovered on a property after being told the night before to vacate the premises. Washington Post, "Southern Maryland crime report," 14 Oct. 2020 In August, Dino's Food Mart received a citation and order to vacate the premises from the city, with Louisville claiming the property was a public nuisance. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Nephew of David McAtee killed in overnight shooting at 26th and Broadway, family says," 19 Sep. 2020 Crisis House, the nonprofit in El Cajon that must vacate its premises on Magnolia Avenue by the end of the year, has found a partner who will match funds until the end of this month toward its work in securing a new home. Karen Pearlman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Crisis House looking for donors for matching campaign for new property," 9 Sep. 2020 Authorities issued no citations during the pageant but told all audience members to vacate the premises. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Las Vegas hotel manager: City officials shut down beauty pageant as 'retribution' for hosting Trump campaign event," 11 Aug. 2020 To vacate sulfurous coal fumes, chimneys sprouted all over London, prompting homeowners to build more spacious layouts and second and third stories. Roger Lowenstein, WSJ, "‘The Domestic Revolution’ Review: Setting the Future on Fire," 7 Oct. 2020 These mines, many of them were given one day's notice to vacate, so the people that have been working there for 25 or 30 years were on the last train, effectively. Tara Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Let These Photos Take You to Alaska’s Abandoned Mining Towns," 1 Oct. 2020 Biden was criticized this week by the likes of former Trump national security adviser H.R. McMaster for suggesting the military could intervene during a transition if the president didn't vacate the White House. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden: Trump won't have the support to stay in the White House if he loses in November," 26 Sep. 2020 Bears often vacate areas when noticing humans approaching, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, but in the event the bear becomes aware of a person’s presence, the following safety measures are recommended. Sunset Magazine, "Grizzly Kills Hunter in Alaska National Park’s Backcountry," 24 Sep. 2020

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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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Last Updated

23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vacate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vacate. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for vacate

vacate

verb
How to pronounce vacate (audio) How to pronounce vacate (audio)

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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