|Origin:||, past participle of evacuare, from vacuus 'empty'|
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.