Definitions for vacateˈveɪ keɪt; esp. Brit. vəˈkeɪt, veɪ-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
va•cateˈveɪ keɪt; esp. Brit. vəˈkeɪt, veɪ-(v.)-cat•ed, -cat•ing.
(v.t.)to give up possession or occupancy of:
to vacate an apartment.
to give up or relinquish (an office, position, etc.).
to render inoperative; annul:
to vacate a contract.
to cause to be empty or unoccupied; make vacant.
(v.i.)to withdraw from occupancy; surrender possession.
to give up or leave a position, office, etc.
Origin of vacate:
1635–45; < L vacātus, ptp. of vacāre to be empty
vacate, resign, renounce, give up(verb)
leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily
"She vacated the position when she got pregnant"; "The chairman resigned when he was found to have misappropriated funds"
vacate, empty, abandon(verb)
leave behind empty; move out of
"You must vacate your office by tonight"
revoke, annul, lift, countermand, reverse, repeal, overturn, rescind, vacate(verb)
"He revoked the ban on smoking"; "lift an embargo"; "vacate a death sentence"
To move out of a dwelling, either by choice or by eviction.
To leave an office or position.
He vacated his coaching position because of the corruption scandal.
To have a court judgement set aside; to annul.
The judge vacated the earlier decision when new evidence was presented.
To leave an area, usually as a result of orders from public authorities in the event of a riot or natural disaster.
If you do not immediately vacate the area, we will make you leave with tear gas!
Origin: Latin vacare 'leave empty'.
to make vacant; to leave empty; to cease from filling or occupying; as, it was resolved by Parliament that James had vacated the throne of England; the tenant vacated the house
to annul; to make void; to deprive of force; to make of no authority or validity; as, to vacate a commission or a charter; to vacate proceedings in a cause
to defeat; to put an end to