- to give up possession or occupancy of: to vacate an apartment.
- to give up or relinquish (an office, position, etc.): to vacate the presidency of a firm.
- to render inoperative; deprive of validity; void; annul: to vacate a legal judgment.
- to cause to be empty or unoccupied; make vacant: to vacate one's mind of worries.
- to withdraw from occupancy; surrender possession: We will have to vacate when our lease expires.
- to give up or leave a position, office, etc.
- to leave; go away.
Origin of vacate
Examples from the Web for vacating
Letterman is vacating the show “sometime next year,” ending a spectacular and hilarious 30-year run in late-night television.Stephen Colbert’s Groveling ‘Late Show’ Debut
April 23, 2014
Vacating the earlier convictions and sentences seems nothing more than the parties' desire to get the deal done.How the West Memphis Three Got Out
Gerald L. Shargel
August 22, 2011
Was it intended that the Duquettes should recognize the desirability of vacating the farm?The Hunted Outlaw
The Croatians are moving into houses which the Bohemians are vacating.New Homes for Old
Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge
It was laughable to hear them twitting each other about vacating their quarters.The Story of a Strange Career
"Certainly," said Little Wolf, vacating her seat with infinite condescention.Little Wolf
M. A. Cornelius
Then he wrote her a letter, offering her the choice of buying from him or vacating at once.Rolling Stones
- to cause (something) to be empty, esp by departing from or abandoning itto vacate a room
- (also intr) to give up the tenure, possession, or occupancy of (a place, post, etc); leave or quit
- to cancel or rescind
- to make void or of no effect; annul
Word Origin and History for vacating
1640s, "to make void, to annul," from Latin vacatum, past participle of vacare "to be empty" (see vain). Meaning "to leave, give up, quit" (a place) is attested from 1791. Related: Vacated; vacating.