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[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.
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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.
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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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Related Words for vacate

relinquish, quit, annul, revoke, reverse, renounce, void, evacuate, dissolve, quash, withdraw, abandon, depart, empty, rescind, leave, discharge, clear, retract, abrogate

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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
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Derived Formsvacatable, adjective
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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.

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