What does evacuate mean?

Definitions for evacuate
ɪˈvæk yuˌeɪtevac·u·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. evacuateverb

    move out of an unsafe location into safety

    "After the earthquake, residents were evacuated"

  2. evacuateverb

    empty completely

    "evacuate the bottle"

  3. evacuateverb

    move people from their homes or country

  4. evacuateverb

    create a vacuum in (a bulb, flask, reaction vessel)

  5. evacuate, void, emptyverb

    excrete or discharge from the body


  1. Evacuateverb

    to expel stool from the bowels; to defecate.


  1. evacuateverb

    To leave or withdraw from; to quit; to retire from; as, soldiers from a country, city, or fortress.

    The firefighters told everyone to evacuate the area as the flames approached.

  2. evacuateverb

    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. evacuateverb

    To remove; to eject; to void; to discharge, as the contents of a vessel, or of the bowels.

  4. Etymology: From evacuare.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To EVACUATEverb

    Etymology: evacuo, Latin.

    There is no good way of prevention but by evacuating clean, and emptying the church. Richard Hooker, b. iv. s. 10.

    We tried how far the air would manifest its gravity in so thin a medium, as we could make in our receiver, by evacuating it. Robert Boyle, Spring of the Air.

    Herman Boerhaave gives an instance of a patient, who, by a long use of whey and water, and garden fruits, evacuated a great quantity of black matter, and recovered his senses. Arbuthnot.

    The defect, though it would not evacuate a marriage, after cohabitation and actual consummation; yet it was enough to make void a contract. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    If the prophecies recorded of the Messiah are not fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth, it is impossible to know when a prophecy is fulfilled, and when not, in any thing or person whatsoever, which would utterly evacuate the use of them. South.

    As this neutrality was never observed by the emperor, so he never effectually evacuated Catalonia. Jonathan Swift.


  1. evacuate

    To evacuate means to remove or move people from a place of danger to a safer location. It often refers to situations of emergencies such as natural disasters, wars, or health crisis. This action can be applicable to both persons or substances, as it could also mean removing substances from containers or body parts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Evacuateverb

    to make empty; to empty out; to remove the contents of; as, to evacuate a vessel or dish

  2. Evacuateverb

    fig.: To make empty; to deprive

  3. Evacuateverb

    to remove; to eject; to void; to discharge, as the contents of a vessel, or of the bowels

  4. Evacuateverb

    to withdraw from; to quit; to retire from; as, soldiers from a country, city, or fortress

  5. Evacuateverb

    to make void; to nullify; to vacate; as, to evacuate a contract or marriage

  6. Evacuateverb

    to let blood

  7. Etymology: [l. evacuatus, p. p. of evacuare to empty, nullify; e out + vacuus empty, vacare to be empty. See Vacate.]


  1. Evacuate

    Evacuate is the third album released by British punk rock band Chelsea. Originally released in 1982 by Step Forward, it was re-issued in 2008 by Captain Oi!

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Evacuate

    e-vak′ū-āt, v.t. to throw out the contents of: to discharge: to withdraw from.—adj. Evac′uant, purgative.—n. Evacuā′tion, act of emptying out: a withdrawing from: that which is discharged.—adj. Evac′uātive.—n. Evac′uātor, one who evacuates: (law) one who nullifies or makes void. [L. e, out, vacuāre, -ātum, to empty—vacuus, empty.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. evacuate

    To withdraw from a town or fortress, in virtue of a treaty or capitulation; or in compliance with superior orders.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. evacuate

    To withdraw from a town or fortress, in consequence either of a treaty or a capitulation, or of superior orders.

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  1. Evacuate

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of evacuate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of evacuate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of evacuate in a Sentence

  1. Ilya Shapiro:

    You have to tailor your emergency measures to the nature of the emergency. In a hurricane, you evacuate the coasts. In a virus situation, there is no reason to evacuate the coasts.

  2. Evan Myers:

    Kottlowski said. How fast or slow this non-tropical system moves will be an important factor on where Irma is steered this weekend into next week. The speed of this feature will determine when and how much Irma gets pulled northward or whether Irma continues on more of a westward track. This amount of uncertainty means that the entire southern and eastern U.S. should monitor Irma this week. Residents along the coast are urged to start preparing and making sure plans are in place to deal with the worst case scenario. This includes plans on how to evacuate and what is important to bring with you and your family. As we saw just 10 days ago with Harvey, it is important to be ready to evacuate, Evan Myers said. Be prepared with a list of items you would need to take if you had 30 minutes' notice or one hour's notice or six hours or a day to evacuate. Due to Irma following so closely on Irma's heels and since FEMA and other government resources will be strained, more preparation and storm aftermath may rest on individuals, Evan Myers said. It may be crucial to evacuate ahead of the storm, so preparation is key. If Irma were to make landfall as a Category 4 or 5 storm somewhere in the U.S., it would be in historical territory. The U.S. has not sustained a direct hit from two Category 4 or above hurricanes in more than 100 years.

  3. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea:

    After speaking to family members, it is believed the pair was aware of the fire in the area, they had packed their belongings in preparation to evacuate but later decided not to evacuate based on erroneous information that the fire was 51 % contained.

  4. Itamar Ben Gvir:

    In every place they want to evacuate Jews, there will be a struggle.

  5. Naftali Bennett:

    If I get an order to evacuate a Jew from his home, to expel him, me, personally, my conscience would not let me do it. I’ll ask my commander to excuse me, but I won’t publicly call on others to refuse an order. I personally can’t …

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