from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To put out (a tenant, for example) by legal process; expel.
  • transitive v. To force out; eject. See Synonyms at eject.
  • transitive v. Law To recover (property, for example) by a superior claim or legal process.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To expel (one or more people) from their property; to force (one or more people) to move out.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To dispossess by a judicial process; to dispossess by paramount right or claim of such right; to eject; to oust.
  • transitive v. To evince; to prove.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To dispossess by a judicial process or course of legal proceedings; expel from lands or tenements by legal process.
  • To wrest or alienate by reason of the hostile assertion of an irresistible title, though without judicial process. See eviction, 2.
  • Hence To expel by force; turn out or remove in any compulsory way: as, to evict disturbers from a theater.
  • To evince; prove.
  • To set aside; displace; annul.
  • To force out; compel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. expel from one's property or force to move out by a legal process
  • v. expel or eject without recourse to legal process


Middle English evicten, from Latin ēvincere, ēvict-, to vanquish : ē-, ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + vincere, to defeat; see weik-3 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin evincere, "to vanquish completely." (Wiktionary)



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