vacate va‧cate [vəˈkeɪt, veɪ- ǁ ˈveɪkeɪt] verb [transitive] formal
1. HUMAN RESOURCES to leave a job, position etc:

• Mr Jones was elected to fill the board seat vacated by Mr Carlisle

2. LAW to officially cancel a decision made by a court of law:

• The court vacated the compensation award and sent it for new hearings.

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vacate UK US /vəˈkeɪt/ US  /ˈveɪkeɪt/ verb [T]
HR, WORKPLACE to leave a job so that someone else must be found to do it: be vacated by sb »

No candidates have been named to fill the position vacated by the Chairman.


vacate a job/post/seat

to leave a building, room, seat, etc. so that it is available for other people to use: »

After the sale was agreed, the company was given 12 weeks to vacate the building.

US LAW if a court's decision is vacated, it is changed so that it does not have to be obeyed: »

A $10 million lawsuit verdict has been vacated by a New Jersey state appeals court.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • vacate — va·cate vb va·cat·ed, va·cat·ing vt 1: to make void: annul set aside vacate a lower court order 2 a: to make vacant b: to give up the occupancy of vi: to vacate an office, post, or tenancy …   Law dictionary

  • Vacate — Va cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Vacated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Vacating}.] [L. vacare, vacatum, to be empty. See {Vacant}.] 1. To make vacant; to leave empty; to cease from filling or occupying; as, it was resolved by Parliament that James had vacated… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vacate — (v.) 1640s, to make void, to annul, from L. vacatum, pp. of vacare to be empty (see VAIN (Cf. vain)). Meaning to leave, give up, quit (a place) is attested from 1791. Related: Vacated; vacating …   Etymology dictionary

  • vacate — *annul, abrogate, void, quash …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • vacate — [v] leave empty abandon, abrogate, annul, clear, depart, discharge, dissolve, empty, evacuate, give up, go away, leave, move out, move out of, part with, quash, quit, relinquish, renounce, rescind, retract, reverse, revoke, void, withdraw;… …   New thesaurus

  • vacate — ► VERB 1) leave (a place). 2) give up (a position or job). ORIGIN Latin vacare leave empty …   English terms dictionary

  • vacate — [vā′kāt΄, vā kāt′] vt. vacated, vacating [< L vacatus, pp. of vacare, to be empty] 1. to make vacant; specif., a) to cause (an office, position, etc.) to be unfilled or unoccupied, as by resignation b) to leave (a house, room, etc.)… …   English World dictionary

  • vacate — vacatable, adj. /vay kayt/ or, esp. Brit., /veuh kayt , vay /, v., vacated, vacating. v.t. 1. to give up possession or occupancy of: to vacate an apartment. 2. to give up or relinquish (an office, position, etc.): to vacate the presidency of a… …   Universalium

  • vacate — verb a) To move out of a dwelling, either by choice or by eviction. I have to vacate my house by midday, as the new owner is moving in. b) To leave an office or position …   Wiktionary

  • vacate — va|cate [vəˈkeıt, veı US ˈveıkeıt] v [T] formal [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of vacare; VACANT] 1.) to leave a job or position so that it is available for someone else to do ▪ Clay will vacate the position on June 19. 2.)… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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