evacuate

[ ih-vak-yoo-eyt ]SEE DEFINITION OF evacuate

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EVACUATE

It'll take all of forty minutes to evacuate, and the Mercutians may be on us by then.

On November 11, 1914, the Serbians were compelled to evacuate this city.

On the other hand, they were forced to evacuate some of their positions east of Kiselin.

Remember, Dr. Harris, we've got to evacuate the city first of all!

The despatch reached the French just as they were preparing to evacuate Cairo.

Then the British acknowledged Anda as Governor, and proceeded to evacuate the city.

The message had come from General Lee of the order to evacuate Richmond!

The population will evacuate Ensfield, leaving all action to the police.

Most questionable was the decision of Ministers to evacuate the Helder and the Texel.

Get wounded aboard transports and prepare to evacuate troops.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, from Latin evacuatus, past participle of evacuare "to empty, make void, nullify," used by Pliny in reference to the bowels, used figuratively in Late Latin for "clear out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vacuus "empty" (see vacuum).

Earliest sense in English is medical. Meaning "remove inhabitants to safer ground" is from 1934. Replaced Middle English evacuen (c.1400). Related: Evacuated; evacuating.

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