evacuate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin evacuare.

Verb[edit]

evacuate (third-person singular simple present evacuates, present participle evacuating, simple past and past participle evacuated)

  1. To leave or withdraw from; to quit; to retire from; as, soldiers from a country, city, or fortress.
    The firefighters told us to evacuate the area as the flames approached.
    • Burke
      The Norwegians were forced to evacuate the country.
  2. To make empty; to empty out; to remove the contents of, including to create a vacuum; as, to evacuate a vessel or dish.
    The scientist evacuated the chamber before filling it with nitrogen.
  3. (figuratively) To make empty; to deprive.
    • Coleridge
      Evacuate the Scriptures of their most important meaning.
  4. To remove; to eject; to void; to discharge, as the contents of a vessel, or of the bowels.
  5. To make void; to nullify; to vacate.
    to evacuate a contract or marriage
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)

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Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

evacuate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of evacuare
  2. second-person plural imperative of evacuare
  3. feminine plural of evacuato

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

ēvacuāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of ēvacuō