Definition of evacuate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    evacuate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪˈvækjueɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈvækjueɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they evacuate
    BrE BrE//ɪˈvækjueɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈvækjueɪt//
     
    he / she / it evacuates
    BrE BrE//ɪˈvækjueɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈvækjueɪts//
     
    past simple evacuated
    BrE BrE//ɪˈvækjueɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈvækjueɪtɪd//
     
    past participle evacuated
    BrE BrE//ɪˈvækjueɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈvækjueɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form evacuating
    BrE BrE//ɪˈvækjueɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈvækjueɪtɪŋ//
     
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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 London to escape the bombing. Families were evacuated to safer parts of the city. See related entries: Terrorism
  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. See related entries: Terrorism
  3. 3[transitive] evacuate something (formal) to empty your bowels
  4. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘clear the contents of’): from Latin evacuat- ‘(of the bowels) emptied’, from the verb evacuare, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out of’ + vacuus ‘empty’.Extra examples Every police unit has been ordered to evacuate all civilians. Helicopters were used to evacuate people from their homes. The man has now been safely evacuated to the mainland. to provide aircraft to help evacuate refugees
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