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evacuate

e·vac·u·ate

evacuate

 
pronunciation:
ih vaek yu eIt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: evacuated, evacuates, evacuating
definition 1: to move or take away from a dangerous place.
The police are evacuating people from the flood area.
synonyms:
remove
similar words:
dismiss, eject, evict, oust
definition 2: to leave or to empty of people for safety reasons.
The area was evacuated before the attack.
synonyms:
leave, withdraw from
similar words:
empty, quit
derivation: evacuator (n.)
Word Parts
The word evacuate contains the following parts:
e- Latin prefix that means out, out of, away
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The prefix e- is an assimilated form of ex- used before roots beginning with certain consonants (b d, g, j, l, m, n, r, v). See ex-.
vac Latin root that means empty
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).