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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web As a result, he was forced to vacate the title entering his UFC 274 headliner against Justin Gaethje. Mike Bohn, USA TODAY, 6 May 2022 The final film session of the year having ended late Wednesday night, the Spurs finally were forced to vacate the Smoothie King Center premises. San Antonio Express-News, 14 Apr. 2022 Simon’s ouster prompted outcry on social media from supporters and several local officials who argued Simon shouldn’t have been forced to vacate her seat. Ricardo Cano, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Mar. 2022 Syracuse won three from 1988 to 1990, but the NCAA forced the Orange to vacate the final one because of rules infractions. Mike Preston,, 12 Feb. 2022 Drew Peterson, the former Chicago-area police sergeant who was convicted in 2012 of killing his third wife, is set to return to court this month after a judge agreed to hear his motion to vacate the verdict. NBC News, 2 Jan. 2022 More than nine years after he was found guilty of killing his third wife, Drew Peterson is returning to a Will County courtroom in the new year to ask a judge to vacate the jury’s verdict. Alicia Fabbre,, 31 Dec. 2021 Vance, along with representatives of the Innocence Project and Shanies Law Office, were to appear at New York State Supreme Court Thursday to ask a judge to vacate the convictions. Editors, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2021 The ruling by Loudoun County Circuit James P. Fisher came before attorneys for Katie Orndoff submitted a brief on their motion to vacate or got a chance to make oral arguments on the topic at a hearing that was scheduled for Thursday. Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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“Vacate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for vacate


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.


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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