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evict

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈvɪkt
 
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Definition of evict in English:

verb

[with object]
Expel (someone) from a property, especially with the support of the law: a single mother and her children have been evicted from their home
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, put out, force out, throw out, throw out on the streets, throw out on one's ear, drum out, drive out;
dispossess, expropriate
informal chuck out, kick out, boot out, heave out, bounce, give someone the (old) heave-ho, throw someone out on their ear, show someone the door
British informal turf out
North American informal give someone the bum's rush
formal or humorous defenestrate
dated out

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'recover 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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