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 The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that a lower judge was wrong to vacate Lisa Montgomery’s execution date last week. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Appeals court vacates order delaying female prisoner's execution," 1 Jan. 2021 Approximately 10% of those evictions resulted in an order to vacate. Anoa Changa, Essence, "Lack Of Federal Guidance Leading To Evictions During Pandemic," 24 Dec. 2020 The state court system barred courts from processing final orders to vacate, known as writs of possession. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "Renters could be cast out of their homes with eviction moratorium set to end Dec. 31," 19 Dec. 2020 Court records show that the district filed a motion to vacate the judgment on Dec. 8. Ellis Simani, ProPublica, "The Pandemic Hasn’t Stopped This School District From Suing Parents Over Unpaid Textbook Fees," 15 Dec. 2020 In a letter sent to Suazo, Scott said the group no longer has to vacate, and will have a lease negotiated with the city within 90 days. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, "Mayor Brandon Scott rescinds Young’s termination notice for West Baltimore nonprofit," 14 Dec. 2020 Do all of the nice townspeople have to vacate Main Street by Christmas? San Diego Union-Tribune, "Holiday TV: Singing with Dolly Parton, decorating with ‘Mr. Christmas’ and more," 27 Nov. 2020 The opposing lawyer agreed to vacate the default judgment, cancelling her family’s eviction and buying her a chance to fight the case. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, "Longreads Best of 2020: Investigative Reporting," 21 Dec. 2020 Cameron, along with Danville Christian Academy, a small Christian school, asked the court to vacate an order from a lower court enforcing Beshear's rules. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Pence says promising vaccine news has ushered in ‘season of hope’," 4 Dec. 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

21 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Vacate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vacate. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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