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vacate

[vey-keyt or, esp. British, vuh-keyt, vey-] /ˈveɪ keɪt or, esp. British, vəˈkeɪt, veɪ-/
verb (used with object), vacated, vacating.
1.
to give up possession or occupancy of:
to vacate an apartment.
2.
to give up or relinquish (an office, position, etc.):
to vacate the presidency of a firm.
3.
to render inoperative; deprive of validity; void; annul:
to vacate a legal judgment.
4.
to cause to be empty or unoccupied; make vacant:
to vacate one's mind of worries.
verb (used without object), vacated, vacating.
5.
to withdraw from occupancy; surrender possession:
We will have to vacate when our lease expires.
6.
to give up or leave a position, office, etc.
7.
to leave; go away.
Origin
1635-1645
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
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Examples from the web for vacated
  • While a given species may disappear, a different one is moving into the vacated niche.
  • Perception increases to fill the gap vacated by the senses and gives rise to powerful hallucinations.
  • The administration is not willing to fill positions vacated by retirements, but visiting professors are still not hired.
  • Once it is vacated after that date, it is no longer subject to regulation.
  • The district court therefore abused its discretion in granting a preliminary injunction, and the injunction is hereby vacated.
  • The default judgment is vacated, but the action is not dismissed.
  • Also three long since vacated horse stalls, but the unmistakable aroma of horses remained.
British Dictionary definitions for vacated

vacate

/vəˈkeɪt/
verb (mainly transitive)
1.
to cause (something) to be empty, esp by departing from or abandoning it: to vacate a room
2.
(also intransitive) to give up the tenure, possession, or occupancy of (a place, post, etc); leave or quit
3.
(law)
  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 vacated

vacate

v.

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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