evacuate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin evacuare.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪˈvæk.ju.eɪt/
  • (file)

Verb[edit]

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

  1. (transitive) To leave or withdraw from; to quit; to retire from
    the soldiers evacuated the fortress
    The firefighters told us to evacuate the area as the flames approached.
    • 1757, Edmund Burke, The Abridgement of the History of England
      The Norwegians were forced to evacuate the country.
  2. To cause to leave or withdraw from.
    The firefighters decided to evacuate all the inhabitants from the street.
  3. To make empty; to empty out; to remove the contents of, including to create a vacuum.
    The scientist evacuated the chamber before filling it with nitrogen.
  4. (figurative) To make empty; to deprive.
    • 1825, James Marsh, Preliminary Essay to Aids to Reflection
      Evacuate the Scriptures of their most important doctrines.
  5. To remove; to eject; to void; to discharge, as the contents of a vessel, or of the bowels.
  6. 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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Descendants[edit]

  • Cebuano: bakwit
    • English: bakwit

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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