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

     

    vacate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//vəˈkeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//vəˈkeɪt//
     
    ; BrE BrE//veɪˈkeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//veɪˈkeɪt//
     
    , also NAmE//ˈveɪkeɪt//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they vacate
    BrE BrE//vəˈkeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//vəˈkeɪt//
     
    ; BrE BrE//veɪˈkeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//veɪˈkeɪt//
     
    , also NAmE//ˈveɪkeɪt//
     
    he / she / it vacates
    BrE BrE//vəˈkeɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//vəˈkeɪts//
     
    ; BrE BrE//veɪˈkeɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//veɪˈkeɪts//
     
    , NAmE//ˈveɪkeɪts//
     
    past simple vacated
    BrE BrE//vəˈkeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//vəˈkeɪtɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//veɪˈkeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//veɪˈkeɪtɪd//
     
    , NAmE//ˈveɪkeɪtɪd//
     
    past participle vacated
    BrE BrE//vəˈkeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//vəˈkeɪtɪd//
     
    ; BrE BrE//veɪˈkeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//veɪˈkeɪtɪd//
     
    , NAmE//ˈveɪkeɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form vacating
    BrE BrE//vəˈkeɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//vəˈkeɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; BrE BrE//veɪˈkeɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//veɪˈkeɪtɪŋ//
     
    , NAmE//ˈveɪkeɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1vacate something to leave a building, seat, etc., especially so that somebody else can use it Guests are requested to vacate their rooms by noon on the day of departure. He sat down in the seat Steve had just vacated.
  2. 2vacate something to leave a job, position of authority, etc. so that it is available for somebody else She has taken over the role vacated by her boss.
  3. Word Origin mid 17th cent. (as a legal term, also in the sense ‘make ineffective’): from Latin vacat- ‘left empty’, from the verb vacare.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: vacate