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Definition of "evacuate" []

  • To empty or remove the contents of. (verb-transitive)
  • To create a vacuum in. (verb-transitive)
  • To excrete or discharge waste matter from (the bowel, for example). (verb-transitive)
  • To relinquish military possession or occupation of (a town, for example). (verb-transitive)
  • To withdraw or send away (troops or inhabitants) from a threatened area. (verb-transitive)

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.

Use "evacuate" in a sentence
  • "With them were four family members of those who died in the terrorist attacks, including Maggie Lemagne, whose brother David was a police officer killed while helping people evacuate from the burning towers."
  • "Have you been wondering why so many people refuse to evacuate from the coast when a hurricane such as Rita or Katrina is approaching?"
  • "The excuse that the 200,000 people were too poor to evacuate is nonsense too."