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[vey-keyt or, esp. British, vuh-keyt, vey-] /ˈveɪ keɪt or, esp. British, vəˈkeɪt, veɪ-/
verb (used with object), vacated, vacating.
to give up possession or occupancy of:
to vacate an apartment.
to give up or relinquish (an office, position, etc.):
to vacate the presidency of a firm.
to render inoperative; deprive of validity; void; annul:
to vacate a legal judgment.
to cause to be empty or unoccupied; make vacant:
to vacate one's mind of worries.
verb (used without object), vacated, vacating.
to withdraw from occupancy; surrender possession:
We will have to vacate when our lease expires.
to give up or leave a position, office, etc.
to leave; go away.
Origin of vacate
1635-45; < Latin vacātus past participle of vacāre to be empty; see -ate1
Related forms
vacatable, adjective
prevacate, verb (used with object), prevacated, prevacating.
revacate, verb (used with object), revacated, revacating.
unvacated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vacate
  • Time to vacate the premises and leave the natives alone.
  • They ordered the faculty to vacate within four days.
  • He called on all cabinet ministers to resign their positions within a month and return or vacate any government property.
  • Homeowners who vacate the city are being encouraged to offer their houses for rent.
  • The best thing that could possibly happen to this biosphere is for humans to vacate the planet--immediately.
  • One of my preference for photography is to take pictures of walkways that are vacate of people.
  • The government has filed a motion to vacate the potentially damaging rulings in the coffee table case.
  • The defendant was arrested under civil process, and the case now comes up on a motion to vacate the order of arrest.
  • The state's highest court can uphold the commission's decision, reduce the sanction or vacate the recommendation.
  • The bank also said it would not vacate any downtown office space.
British Dictionary definitions for vacate


verb (mainly transitive)
to cause (something) to be empty, esp by departing from or abandoning it: to vacate a room
(also intransitive) to give up the tenure, possession, or occupancy of (a place, post, etc); leave or quit
  1. to cancel or rescind
  2. to make void or of no effect; annul
Derived Forms
vacatable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for vacate

1640s, "to make void, to annul," from Latin vacatum, past participle of vacare "to be empty" (see vain). Meaning "to leave, give up, quit" (a place) is attested from 1791. Related: Vacated; vacating.

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