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Definition of evacuate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they evacuate
    he / she / it evacuates
    past simple evacuated
    -ing form evacuating
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  1. 1[transitive] to move people from a place of danger to a safer place evacuate something Police evacuated nearby buildings. evacuate somebody (from…) (to…) Children were evacuated from the area to escape the bombing. Families were evacuated to safer parts of the city.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] evacuate (something) to move out of a place because of danger, and leave the place empty Employees were urged to evacuate their offices immediately. Locals were told to evacuate.
  3. 3[transitive] evacuate something (formal) to empty your bowels
noun [uncountable, countable] the emergency evacuation of thousands of people after the earthquake
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