Definition of vacate in English:


Line breaks: vac¦ate
Pronunciation: /veɪˈkeɪt
, vəˈkeɪt


[with object]
  • 2 Law Cancel or annul (a judgement, contract, or charge): the Justices vacated a ruling by the federal appeals court
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    • 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.

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