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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of evacuare, from vacuus 'empty'

evacuate

verb
     
e‧vac‧u‧ate
1 [transitive] to send people away from a dangerous place to a safe place
evacuate somebody from/to something
Several families were evacuated from their homes.
During the war he was evacuated to Scotland.
2 [intransitive and transitive] to empty a place by making all the people leave:
Police evacuated the area.
The order was given to evacuate.
3 [transitive] formal to empty your bowels
evacuation noun [uncountable and countable]
the evacuation of British troops from the area
Police ordered the evacuation of the building.

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