imperfect & past participle Vacated; present participle & verbal noun Vacating.; (Latin) vacare, vacatum, to be empty. See Vacant.
1. To make vacant; to leave empty; to cease from filling or occupying; as, it was resolved by Parliament that James had vacated the throne of England; the tenant vacated the house.2. To annul; to make void; to deprive of force; to make of no authority or validity; as, to vacate a commission or a charter; to vacate proceedings in a cause. That after act vacating the authority of the precedent. Eikon Basilike. The necessity of observing the Jewish Sabbath was Vacated by the apostolical institution of the Lord's Day. Rare Nelson.3. To defeat; to put an end to. [Rare] He vacates my revenge. Dryden.
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From Latin vacātus, perfect participle of vacō.
vacate (third-person singular simple present vacates, present participle vacating, simple past and past participle vacated) To move out of a dwelling, either by choice or by eviction. I have to vacate my house by midday, as the new owner is moving in. You are hereby ordered to vacate the premises within 14 days. To leave an office or position. He vacated his coaching position because of the corruption scandal. To have a court judgement set aside; to annul. The judge vacated the earlier decision when new evidence was presented. To leave an area, usually as a result of orders from public authorities in the event of a riot or natural disaster. If you do not immediately vacate the area, we will make you leave with tear gas!
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