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evacuate Syllabification: e·vac·u·ate
Pronunciation: /iˈvakyəˌwāt/

Definition of evacuate in English:


[with object]
1Remove (someone) from a place of danger to a safe place: several families were evacuated from their homes
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  • Thousands of people were evacuated, and police snipers placed on the rooftops.
  • Cuba battened down for what could be the most powerful hurricane to hit the island in living memory and tens of thousands of people were evacuated from their homes.
  • Police evacuated the residents of the 14 flats at St John's Gardens, Lake Road, at around 11.20 pm on Tuesday.
1.1Leave or cause the occupants to leave (a place of danger): fire alarms forced staff to evacuate the building [no object]: residents have to evacuate because of a hurricane
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  • Smoke management systems may also be employed, especially where occupants are unable to evacuate the zone of fire origin, as may happen in a detention facility.
  • Authorities are urging about 9,000 people living nearby to evacuate that danger zone.
  • Under proposed amendments to the Civil Contingencies Bill, the police will be able to evacuate danger areas should a ‘catastrophic incident’ occur.
leave, vacate, abandon, desert, move out of, quit, withdraw from, retreat from, decamp from, flee, depart from, escape from
1.2(Of troops) withdraw from (a place): the last American troops evacuated the Canal Zone
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  • The 45th Infantry evacuated the immediate area and moved a short distance south.
  • By early 1943 it was clear that the Japanese had failed, and they abandoned attempts to retake Henderson Field, evacuating the few troops they had left on the island.
  • The troops had to be evacuated, with two Allied destroyers, one British and one French
2 technical Remove air, water, or other contents from (a container): when it springs a leak, evacuate the pond (as adjective evacuated) an evacuated bulb
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  • The bags were evacuated, sealed, and cold isostatically pressed at 200 MPa.
  • Some low-consumption toilets typically don't evacuate the bowl as was typical of old-technology models.
  • In some pools, there are no fish or other aquatic animals at all because fishermen have even evacuated all the water with pumps in order to catch the fish.
2.1Empty (the bowels or another bodily organ).
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  • Because Daio induces diarrhea, it was increased gradually till the patients evacuated their bowels two or three times a day.
  • Terrified and claustrophobic she vomited and evacuated her bowel and bladder.
  • The nurse evacuates the patient's urinary bladder via the Crede's maneuver (ie, massaging the bladder by pressing down on the anterior, superior surface of the abdomen).
empty (out), void, open, move, purge;
2.2Discharge (feces or other matter) from the body.
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  • Approximately 2.5 L of clotted blood was evacuated from the hematoma.
  • A bleeder from the temporal vein was ligated, clot and blood were evacuated, and the neck was redrained.
  • At 12 months, the body's natural metabolism evacuates the copolymer from the surrounding tissue by forming carbon dioxide and water, and by 15 months, the copolymer is completely eliminated.
2.3Deprive (something) of contents, value, or force: he evacuated time and history of significance


Late Middle English (in the sense 'clear the contents of'): from Latin evacuat- '(of the bowels) emptied', from the verb evacuare, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out of' + vacuus 'empty'.

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