Definition of vacate
1a : to deprive of an incumbent or occupantb : to give up the incumbency or occupancy of
2 : to make legally void : annul
: 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 of vacate from the Web
Ryanair has written to the Italian government offering to replace short-haul routes that are vacated by Alitalia during administration.
The only defendant convicted for the July 2012 armed robbery of a Tulane University student marijuana dealer asked the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal on Wednesday (May 31) to vacate his conviction and 10-year prison sentence.
Many of the buildings on the campus are no longer safe for staff or patient use and have been vacated.
The court also directed the judge, state District Judge George Gallagher of Fort Worth, to vacate all subsequent orders, including one that set a September trial date.
Davidson won a special election to take the Ohio House seat vacated by former GOP House Speaker John Boehner.
The special election will fill a seat vacated by Tom Price, President Trump’s choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services.
The U.S. Air Force put her up in a hotel three blocks from the president’s palace, in a room being vacated by a female intelligence officer who left her an AK-47 and handgun secretly stashed in the bureau drawer.
And in 2010, President Obama nominated her to the federal bench after US District Judge Ronald M. Whyte vacated a seat to assume senior judge status.
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Origin and Etymology of 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, 1vacuum
First Known Use: 1643See Words from the same year
VACATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vacate for English Language Learners
: to leave (a job or position)
: to leave (a seat, hotel room, etc.)
law : to say officially that (a legal judgment) is no longer valid
VACATE Defined for Kids
Definition of vacate for Students
: to leave empty or not used The tenants vacated the house.
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