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evacuate

e·vac·u·ate

evacuate

 
pronunciation:
ih vaek yu eIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: evacuated, evacuates, evacuating
definition 1: to remove (citizens, soldiers, or the like) from a place, esp. one considered unsafe.
The police are evacuating residents from the flood area.
synonyms:
clear out, remove
similar words:
desolate, dismiss, eject, evict, oust, void
definition 2: to leave, or remove citizens, soldiers, or the like from (a place), esp. for safety.
The area was evacuated before the attack.
synonyms:
leave, withdraw from
similar words:
desolate, empty, purge, quit, vacate
definition 3: to discharge the contents of (one's bowel or bladder); empty.
synonyms:
empty, void
similar words:
discharge, eliminate, excrete, expel, move, unload, urinate
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to leave a place or remove others from it, usu. because of danger.
synonyms:
retire, retreat, vacate, withdraw
similar words:
depart, desert, forsake, leave
definition 2: to excrete urine or feces.
similar words:
defecate, purge, urinate
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).