[ vey-keyt or, esp. British, vuh-keyt, vey- ]
/ ˈveɪ keɪt or, esp. British, vəˈkeɪt, veɪ- /
verb (used with object), va·cat·ed, va·cat·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), va·cat·ed, va·cat·ing.
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.
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Origin of vacate
1635–45; < Latin vacātus past participle of vacāre to be empty; see -ate1
OTHER WORDS FROM vacateva·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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British Dictionary definitions for prevacate
/ (vəˈkeɪt) /
verb (mainly tr)
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
Derived forms of vacatevacatable, adjective
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