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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.

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. 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. Manatee County officials:

    Evacuate area NOW. Collapse of Piney Point Stack Imminent !

  2. Carmen Smith:

    I thought I was going to go home because I work at the hospital and we had to evacuate all the people, and I go,' Oh, I'm coming back home,' but I did not know it was this bad, the fire was right there.

  3. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

    Anyone who is going to establish a Palestinian state, anyone who is going to evacuate territories today, is simply giving a base for attacks to radical Islam.

  4. Tammie Hedges:

    The owners got to evacuate. They got to save themselves. But who’s going to save those animals? That’s what we did, we saved them.

  5. Serhiy Zosimenko:

    The problem is we can’t evacuate the kids from the ground. We can only evacuate them by air, all routes to our city are mined.

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