[vey-keyt or, esp. British, vuh-keyt, vey-]
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.

1635–45; < Latin vacātus past participle of vacāre to be empty; see -ate1

vacatable, adjective
prevacate, verb (used with object), prevacated, prevacating.
revacate, verb (used with object), revacated, revacating.
unvacated, adjective Unabridged
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vacate (vəˈkeɪt)
1.  to cause (something) to be empty, esp by departing from or abandoning it: to vacate a room
2.  (also intr) to give up the tenure, possession, or occupancy of (a place, post, etc); leave or quit
3.  law
 a.  to cancel or rescind
 b.  to make void or of no effect; annul

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Word Origin & History

1643, "to make void, to annul," from L. vacatum, pp. of vacare "to be empty" (see vain). Meaning "to leave, give up, quit" (a place) is attested from 1791.
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Example sentences
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
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