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From Latin evacuare.


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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Burke as well as title, page, and other details?)
      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. (figuratively) To make empty; to deprive.
    • (Can we date this quote by Coleridge as well as title, page, and other details?)
      Evacuate the Scriptures of their most important meaning.
  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?)

Related terms[edit]






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




  1. second-person plural present active imperative of ēvacuō