Definition of

Vacate

  1. (verb, communication) cancel officially
    lift an embargo
    vacate a death sentence
  2. (verb, motion) leave behind empty; move out of
  3. (verb, social) leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily
    The chairman resigned when he was found to have misappropriated funds

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Vacate

  1. 1643, "to make void, to annul," from L. vacatum, pp. of vacare "to be empty" (see vain). Meaning "to leave, give up, quit" (a place) is attested from 1791. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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