verb (used with object), e·vac·u·at·ed, e·vac·u·at·ing.
- to remove (troops, wounded soldiers, civilians, etc.) from a war zone, combat area, etc.
- to withdraw from or quit (a town, fort, etc., that has been occupied).
verb (used without object), e·vac·u·at·ed, e·vac·u·at·ing.
Origin of evacuate
Examples from the Web for evacuate
But where do you evacuate to, when the world is about to end?The Stacks: How The Berlin Wall Inspired John le Carré’s First Masterpiece|John le Carré|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
De Merode was ordered to evacuate the national park he served at the time.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo|Nina Strochlic|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was helping to evacuate people from the stricken North Tower when the second plane hit.
There is no plan as of yet to evacuate Dr. Brantly to a Western facility, Isaacs said.Two Americans Have Now Been Diagnosed With Ebola in Record Outbreak|Kent Sepkowitz|July 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Earlier this month, the friendliest of them, 31-year-old Denis, told us they were given very short notice to evacuate Sloviansk.
A month later the town of Alexandria capitulated, and the French army was allowed to evacuate Egypt.London and the Kingdom - Volume III|Reginald R. Sharpe
We'll have to evacuate the tube to get her in perfect balance.Psichopath|Gordon Randall Garrett
Buell, before starting northward in pursuit of Bragg, was about to evacuate Nashville.The Secret Service.|Albert D. Richardson
The Persians upon this had to evacuate their strong position, and to retire to a lower range of hills very near to Pasargadge.
We shall be compelled to evacuate our storehouse and to seek another, as the rats are doing prodigious havoc to the stores.Letters of George Borrow|George Borrow
verb (mainly tr)
- to eliminate or excrete (faeces); defecate
- to discharge (any waste product) from (a part of the body)
Word Origin for evacuate
1520s, from Latin evacuatus, past participle of evacuare "to empty, make void, nullify," used by Pliny in reference to the bowels, used figuratively in Late Latin for "clear out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vacuus "empty" (see vacuum).
Earliest sense in English is medical. Meaning "remove inhabitants to safer ground" is from 1934. Replaced Middle English evacuen (c.1400). Related: Evacuated; evacuating.