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vacate

[vey-keyt or, esp. British, vuh-keyt, vey-]
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verb (used with object), va·cat·ed, va·cat·ing.
  1. to give up possession or occupancy of: to vacate an apartment.
  2. to give up or relinquish (an office, position, etc.): to vacate the presidency of a firm.
  3. to render inoperative; deprive of validity; void; annul: to vacate a legal judgment.
  4. to cause to be empty or unoccupied; make vacant: to vacate one's mind of worries.
verb (used without object), va·cat·ed, va·cat·ing.
  1. to withdraw from occupancy; surrender possession: We will have to vacate when our lease expires.
  2. to give up or leave a position, office, etc.
  3. to leave; go away.

Origin of vacate

1635–45; < Latin vacātus past participle of vacāre to be empty; see -ate1
Related formsva·cat·a·ble, adjectivepre·va·cate, verb (used with object), pre·va·cat·ed, pre·va·cat·ing.re·va·cate, verb (used with object), re·va·cat·ed, re·va·cat·ing.un·va·cat·ed, adjective
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  • Was it intended that the Duquettes should recognize the desirability of vacating the farm?

  • 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.

  • "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.


British Dictionary definitions for vacating

vacate

verb (mainly tr)
  1. to cause (something) to be empty, esp by departing from or abandoning itto vacate a room
  2. (also intr) to give up the tenure, possession, or occupancy of (a place, post, etc); leave or quit
  3. law
    1. to cancel or rescind
    2. to make void or of no effect; annul
Derived Formsvacatable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for vacating

vacate

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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