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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web When the unit is vacated, 90 percent of the entrance fee is refundable to the residents or their heirs. Anemona Hartocollis, New York Times, "At Colleges, What’s Old Is New: Retirees Living on Campus," 10 Sep. 2019 Schmid was convicted of murder in 2001, but last May, that conviction was vacated. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Woman Who Fatally Stabbed Boyfriend 39 Times During Sex Game Is Released From Prison After 18 Years," 28 Aug. 2019 The office building opened in 1971 and was vacated in 2018. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "Demolition to start on McDonald’s Plaza office building in Oak Brook," 27 Aug. 2019 The decision eventually led to Briggs’ rape conviction — and the convictions of at least three other service members – being vacated. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "She recorded her rapist’s confession. Now, the Supreme Court could hear it.," 10 Aug. 2019 McGuinness requested that the judge vacate the sentence because Segula doesn’t deserve to spend time in jail, and because his client has a passion for cats. Kaylee Remington, cleveland.com, "Judge vacates 10-day jail sentence for Garfield Heights woman who fed stray cats," 6 Aug. 2019 With just one new face officially in their squad, Chelsea's announcement on Saturday confirmed that former Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic will wear 22 next season, after Willian vacated that shirt to take Hazard's 10. SI.com, "Chelsea Announce Official Squad Numbers for 2019/20 Premier League Season," 3 Aug. 2019 Under Puerto Rico’s constitution, the secretary of state is next in the line of succession, but that office has been vacated, too. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "9 questions about Puerto Rico’s political crisis you were too embarrassed to ask," 30 July 2019 This means, because ineligible players were allowed to play for two seasons, the wins and losses from the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons will be vacated. Dan Brechlin, courant.com, "Here’s a look at what penalties UConn and Kevin Ollie face and what comes next following NCAA investigation," 3 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'vacate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about vacate

Statistics for vacate

Last Updated

5 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for vacate

The first known use of vacate was in 1643

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on vacate

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for vacate

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with vacate

Spanish Central: Translation of vacate

Nglish: Translation of vacate for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of vacate for Arabic Speakers

Comments on vacate

What made you want to look up vacate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the exactly right word or phrasing

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Pass the Little Ribbons: A Pasta Word Quiz

  • rotelle pasta
  • Match the pasta to its meaning in English: Rotelle
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!