[ ih-vak-yoo-eyt ]
/ ɪˈvæk yuˌeɪt /
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verb (used with object), e·vac·u·at·ed, e·vac·u·at·ing.

verb (used without object), e·vac·u·at·ed, e·vac·u·at·ing.

to leave a place because of military or other threats.



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Origin of evacuate

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin ēvacuātus “emptied out” (past participle of ēvacuāre, equivalent to ē- + vacuāre ); see origin at e-1, vacuum, -ate1


re·e·vac·u·ate, verb, re·e·vac·u·at·ed, re·e·vac·u·at·ing.un·e·vac·u·at·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for evacuate

/ (ɪˈvækjʊˌeɪt) /

verb (mainly tr)

(also intr) to withdraw or cause to withdraw from (a place of danger) to a place of greater safety
to make empty by removing the contents of
(also intr) physiol
  1. to eliminate or excrete (faeces); defecate
  2. to discharge (any waste product) from (a part of the body)
(tr) to create a vacuum in (a bulb, flask, reaction vessel, etc)

Derived forms of evacuate

evacuation, nounevacuative, adjectiveevacuator, noun

Word Origin for evacuate

C16: from Latin ēvacuāre to void, from vacuus empty
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Medical definitions for evacuate

[ ĭ-văkyōō-āt′ ]


To empty or remove the contents of.
To excrete or discharge waste matter, especially of the bowels.
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