Definition of "vacate" [va•cate]

  • To cease to occupy or hold; give up. (verb-transitive)
  • To empty of occupants or incumbents. (verb-transitive)
  • Law To make void or annul; countermand: vacate a death sentence. (verb-transitive)
  • To leave a job, office, or lodging. (verb-intransitive)
  • To cause (something) to be empty, esp by departing from or abandoning it (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To give up the tenure, possession, or occupancy of (a place, post, etc); leave or quit (verb)
  • To cancel or rescind (verb)
  • To make void or of no effect; annul (verb)

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Use "vacate" in a sentence
  • "Just a word on why I used the term vacate in my post above concerning the suspension levied against the SSPX in 1974."
  • "In 2006, she petitioned the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County to "vacate" her guilty plea and dismiss the two 2000 felony convictions."
  • "At the dinner, attended by Maroga; Bobby Godsell, then chairman of Eskom; and Eskom's non-executive directors, Daniel Dube and Lars Josefsson; Maroga was told that the Eskom board wanted him to "vacate" his position and that Godsell would remain as chairman."