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v. va·cat·ed, va·cat·ing, va·cates
a. To cease to occupy (a lodging or place); leave: vacate an apartment.
b. To cease to hold (a job or position): vacated his position on the firm's board.
2. Law To make void or annul (an erroneous lower court decision): vacate a death sentence.
To leave a lodging, place, job, or position.
vb (mainly tr)
1. to cause (something) to be empty, esp by departing from or abandoning it: to vacate a room.
2. (also intr) to give up the tenure, possession, or occupancy of (a place, post, etc); leave or quit
3. (Law) law
a. to cancel or rescind
b. to make void or of no effect; annul
va•cate(ˈveɪ keɪt; esp. Brit. vəˈkeɪt, veɪ-)
v. -cat•ed, -cat•ing. v.t.
1. to give up possession or occupancy of: to vacate an apartment.
2. to give up or relinquish (an office, position, etc.).
3. to render inoperative; annul: to vacate a contract.
4. to cause to be empty or unoccupied; make vacant.v.i.
5. to withdraw from occupancy; surrender possession.
6. to give up or leave a position, office, etc.
[1635–45; < Latin vacātus, past participle of vacāre to be empty]
Past participle: vacated
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|Verb||1.||vacate - leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily; "She vacated the position when she got pregnant"; "The chairman resigned when he was found to have misappropriated funds"|
abdicate, renounce - give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations; "The King abdicated when he married a divorcee"
|2.||vacate - leave behind empty; move out of; "You must vacate your office by tonight"|
|3.||vacate - cancel officially; "He revoked the ban on smoking"; "lift an embargo"; "vacate a death sentence"|
go back on, renege, renege on, renegue on - fail to fulfill a promise or obligation; "She backed out of her promise"
1. leave, quit, move out of, give up, withdraw from, evacuate, depart from, go away from, leave empty, relinquish possession of He vacated the flat and went back to stay with his parents.