- 1Leave (a place that one previously occupied): rooms must be vacated by noon on the last day of your holidayMore example sentences
- The churches recently vacated the land to make way for the proposed developments.
- In previous years they'd vacated the area by the middle of July.
- I'd like to press on right now, as we have to vacate the room at noon tomorrow.
- 1.1Give up (a position or employment): he vacated his office as DirectorMore example sentences
- The move followed several months of rumours and speculations on who was going to fill the position vacated by the former executive director.
- The 47-year-old vacated the same position at Aberdeen last weekend after almost three years in the job.
- All these things force her to vacate her position until she has been vindicated.
- 2 Law Cancel or annul (a judgement, contract, or charge): the Justices vacated a ruling by the federal appeals courtMore example sentences
- I confirm that upon payment of the required amount the Board will vacate its charge.
- If this is acceptable, we will of course vacate the hearing on 5th July.
- In view of the errors in law so found, the appeal will be allowed and the conviction and sentence will be vacated.
mid 17th century (as a legal term, also in the sense 'make ineffective'): from Latin vacat- 'left empty', from the verb vacare.