Two hundred people—including more than 20 newborns—were forced to evacuate.
Tenet had wanted to evacuate the center, but Black rebuffed him.
We were told to evacuate the building—and not allowed back in for work.
1520s, from Latin evacuatus, past participle of evacuare "to empty, make void, nullify," used by Pliny in reference to the bowels, used figuratively in Late Latin for "clear out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vacuus "empty" (see vacuum).
Earliest sense in English is medical. Meaning "remove inhabitants to safer ground" is from 1934. Replaced Middle English evacuen (c.1400). Related: Evacuated; evacuating.
evacuate e·vac·u·ate (ĭ-vāk'yōō-āt')
v. e·vac·u·at·ed, e·vac·u·at·ing, e·vac·u·ates
To empty or remove the contents of.
To excrete or discharge waste matter, especially of the bowels.