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vacate

Syllabification: va·cate
Pronunciation: /ˈvāˌkāt
 
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Definition of vacate in English:

verb

[with object]
1Leave (a place that one previously occupied): rooms must be vacated by noon on the last day of your vacation
More 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.
Synonyms
leave, move out of, evacuate, quit, depart from;
abandon, desert
1.1Give up (a position or office): he will vacate a job in government sales
More 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.
Synonyms
resign from, leave, stand down from, give up, bow out of, relinquish, retire from, quit
2 Law Cancel or annul (a judgment, contract, or charge).
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.

Origin

mid 17th century (as a legal term, also in the sense 'make ineffective'): from Latin vacat- 'left empty', from the verb vacare.

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