- to make empty; remove the contents of; specif., to remove air from so as to make a vacuum
- to discharge (bodily waste, esp. feces)
- to remove (inhabitants, etc.) from (a place or area), as for protective purposes
- to give up military occupation of; withdraw from
Origin of evacuate; from Classical Latin evacuatus, past participle of evacuare ; from e-, out + vacuare, to make empty ; from vacuus, empty
- to withdraw, as from a besieged town or area of danger
- to discharge bodily waste, esp. feces
verbe·vac·u·at·ed, e·vac·u·at·ing, e·vac·u·ates
- a. To withdraw or depart from; vacate: The coastal areas were evacuated before the hurricane made landfall.b. To withdraw or send away (troops or inhabitants) from a threatened area: The Coast Guard helped evacuate the citizens after the flood.c. To relinquish military possession or occupation of (a town, for example).
- To excrete or discharge waste matter from (the bowel, for example).
- a. To empty or remove the contents of (a closed space or container).b. To empty or remove (fluid, for example) from a closed space or container.c. To create a vacuum in.
- To withdraw from or vacate a place or area, especially as a protective measure: The mayor urged the residents to evacuate before the hurricane struck.
- To excrete waste matter from the body.
Origin of evacuateMiddle English evacuaten, to expel (excessive or morbid humors) from the body (according to medieval theories of physiology), from Latin &emacron;vacuare, &emacron;vacuat-, to empty out : &emacron;-, ex-, ex- + vacuus, empty (from vacare, to be empty; see eu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present evacuates, present participle evacuating, simple past and past participle evacuated)
- 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.
- 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.
- (figuratively) To make empty; to deprive.
- To remove; to eject; to void; to discharge, as the contents of a vessel, or of the bowels.
- To make void; to nullify; to vacate.
- to evacuate a contract or marriage
From Latin evacuare.