- 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
Related Words for vacaterelinquish, quit, annul, revoke, reverse, renounce, void, evacuate, dissolve, quash, withdraw, abandon, depart, empty, rescind, leave, discharge, clear, retract, abrogate
Examples from the Web for vacate
Contemporary Examples of vacate
There is wide consensus among attorneys that adoptive parents can vacate an adoption if acts of fraud were committed.Couple Sues Over Russian ‘Bait-and-Switch’ Adoption of Disabled Kids
October 30, 2014
Despite her attempt to vacate the valley and dismantle all its comforts, in the public mind she remains firmly rooted there.Tove Jansson, Queen of the Moomins
August 9, 2014
Were Donetsk separatists now going to give up their weapons and vacate the occupied buildings?Putin’s Men in Ukraine: We’re Not Giving In
April 18, 2014
Prabhakar is politely being asked to vacate his city and his home.India’s Newest State Telangana Is Bosnia Redux
March 22, 2014
For their part, the revolutionaries say they are not going to vacate any more buildings.Ukraine Protesters Turn Stun Guns On Each Other
January 30, 2014
Historical Examples of vacate
They then vacate the houses, and leave them to the ants, who soon stream in.
Even if he did nothing, he would at least stay there, he would not vacate the spot.His Masterpiece
With a brief word and gesture he indicated that Elena and Valencia vacate.The Treasure Trail
Marah Ellis Ryan
Father died in January of that year, and in March I had to vacate the house.The Million-Dollar Suitcase
And I purceed to vacate the chair so that this meetin' may now purceed to elect a chairman.A Bit O' Love (Fourth Series Plays)
- 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 vacate
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.