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vacate

[ vey-keyt or, especially British, vuh-keyt, vey- ]
/ ˈveɪ keɪt or, especially British, vəˈkeɪt, veɪ- /
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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.

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Origin of vacate

First recorded in 1635–45; from Latin vacātus, past participle of vacāre “to be empty”; see -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM vacate

va·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 vacate

vacate
/ (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
law
  1. to cancel or rescind
  2. to make void or of no effect; annul

Derived forms of vacate

vacatable, adjective
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