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[ih-vak-yoo-ey-shuh n] /ɪˌvæk yuˈeɪ ʃən/
the act or process of evacuating, or the condition of being evacuated; discharge or expulsion, as of contents.
Physiology. discharge, as of waste matter through the excretory passages, especially from the bowels.
something evacuated or discharged.
the removal of persons or things from an endangered area.
clearance by removal of troops, equipment, etc.
the withdrawal or removal of troops, civilians, etc.
Origin of evacuation
1350-1400; Middle English evacuacioun < Late Latin ēvacuātion- (stem of ēvacuātiō). See evacuate, -ion
Related forms
[ih-vak-yoo-ey-tiv] /ɪˈvæk yuˌeɪ tɪv/ (Show IPA),
nonevacuation, noun
reevacuation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for evacuation
  • Government officials have issued a string of evacuation warnings in the last few days.
  • Extensive evacuation would be impossible because the surging water would cut off the few escape routes.
  • Today, a spill of that size would trigger an evacuation of the school and a local hazmat team for cleanup.
  • Lucky for them they have an out, an evacuation plan so to speak.
  • Wounded soldiers can count on speedy evacuation and sophisticated emergency medical care.
  • If it's headed for a populated area, evacuation is the only option.
  • Said hotel has since taken some mitigation measures to ensure evacuation is possible.
  • The government is taking no chances, with supplies and equipment ready for a potential larger evacuation.
  • Students will sign release waivers and must have medical and evacuation insurance.
  • Melting ice spurred an emergency nighttime evacuation of hundreds of people in the flood zone.
Word Origin and History for evacuation

c.1400, "discharge from the body" (originally mostly of blood), from Old French évacuation and directly from Late Latin evacuationem (nominative evacuatio), noun of action from past participle stem of evacuare (see evacuate).

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evacuation in Medicine

evacuation e·vac·u·a·tion (ĭ-vāk'yōō-ā'shən)
Discharge of waste materials from the excretory passages of the body, especially from the bowels.

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