Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To cease to occupy or hold; give up.
  • transitive v. To empty of occupants or incumbents.
  • transitive v. Law To make void or annul; countermand: vacate a death sentence.
  • intransitive v. To leave a job, office, or lodging.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To move out of a dwelling, either by choice or by eviction.
  • v. To leave an office or position.
  • v. To have a court judgement set aside; to annul.
  • v. To leave an area, usually as a result of orders from public authorities in the event of a riot or natural disaster.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make vacant; to leave empty; to cease from filling or occupying
  • transitive v. To annul; to make void; to deprive of force; to make of no authority or validity
  • transitive v. To defeat; to put an end to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make vacant; cause to be empty; quit the occupancy or possession of; leave empty or unoccupied: as, James II. vacated the throne.
  • To annul; make void; make of no authority or validity.
  • To defeat the purpose of; make void of meaning; make useless.
  • To quit; leave.

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

  • v. cancel officially
  • v. leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily
  • v. leave behind empty; move out of

Etymologies

Latin vacāre, vacāt-, to be empty.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin vacātus, perfect participle of vacō. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Just a word on why I used the term vacate in my post above concerning the suspension levied against the SSPX in 1974.

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  • In 2006, she petitioned the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County to "vacate" her guilty plea and dismiss the two 2000 felony convictions.

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  • At the dinner, attended by Maroga; Bobby Godsell, then chairman of Eskom; and Eskom's non-executive directors, Daniel Dube and Lars Josefsson; Maroga was told that the Eskom board wanted him to "vacate" his position and that Godsell would remain as chairman.

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  • In cases where an individual has "directly or indirectly" misrepresented their circumstances, the Minister of Public Safety could "vacate" their refugee status and have them removed.

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  • The RIAA, the trade group representing the four largest record labels, informed Thomas-Rasset that it will accept $25,000 -- less than half of the court-reduced award -- if she agrees to ask the judge to "vacate" his decision of last week, which means removing his decision from the record.

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  • Moeller said the layoff was jarring -- he and others had to "vacate" the same day.

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  • LAKELAND | At the age of 79, Bobby Bowden isn't going to spend much time worrying whether the NCAA makes Florida State "vacate" 14 victories that will take him out of his personal competition with Joe Paterno.

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  • Alternatively, an appeals court might "vacate" the lower court decision, wiping the lower-court decision off the books, and then "remand" the case, sending it back to the lower court for further proceedings.

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  • For its rule breaking, Alabama football was placed on three years 'probation ( "Don't you guys mess up again, or else!") and forced to "vacate" a number of wins from 2005-07, the end of the

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  • "vacate" (such a nicer word than "forfeit") as many as 14 wins from the past two years, the Paterno-Bowden race is basically over.

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