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evict

Syllabification: e·vict
Pronunciation: /əˈvikt
 
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Definition of evict in English:

verb

[with object]
Expel (someone) from a property, especially with the support of the law: he had court orders to evict the trespassers from three camps
More example sentences
  • After evicting her, the landlord started renovations in hopes of raising the rent for the next tenant.
  • I have now received a letter from the council evicting me from my property.
  • If he is evicted and made homeless he is bound to commit suicide, for which the council will be squarely responsible.
Synonyms
expel, eject, oust, remove, dislodge, turn out, throw out, drive out;
dispossess, expropriate
informal chuck out, kick out, boot out, bounce, give someone the (old) heave-ho, throw someone out on their ear, give someone the bum's rush, give someone their walking papers

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'recover property, or the title to property, by legal process'): from Latin evict- 'overcome, defeated', from the verb evincere, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out' + vincere 'conquer'.

Derivatives

evictor

1
noun
Example sentences
  • As a young man, he quit his job as the family tenant evictor and opted for a humbler life as a railway engineer.
  • Nor is it being seized by a branch of government: the evictor is the New London Development Corporation, a private non-profit body.
  • The young evictors - some brawny, some scrawny - seem to love flexing their muscles.

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