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Evacuate \E*vac"u*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Evacuated; p. pr. & vb. n. Evacuating.] [l. evacuatus, p. p. of evacuare to empty, nullify; e out + vacuus empty, vacare to be empty. See Vacate.]

  1. To make empty; to empty out; to remove the contents of; as, to evacuate a vessel or dish.

  2. Fig.: To make empty; to deprive. [R.]

    Evacuate the Scriptures of their most important meaning.

  3. To remove; to eject; to void; to discharge, as the contents of a vessel, or of the bowels.

  4. To withdraw from; to quit; to retire from; as, soldiers from a country, city, or fortress.

    The Norwegians were forced to evacuate the country.

  5. To make void; to nullify; to vacate; as, to evacuate a contract or marriage. [Obs.]


vb. (present participle of evacuate English)

Usage examples of "evacuating".

In the second conversation,at about 9:45,the Chief of Department suggested that given how the North Tower appeared to him, the senior lobby chief might want to consider evacuating FDNY personnel.

First responders assisted thousands of civilians in evacuating the towers, even as incident commanders from responding agencies lacked knowledge of what other agencies and, in some cases, their own responders were doing.

Others, who experienced difficulty evacuating, were being helped by first responders on lower floors.

FDNY personnel would have primary responsibility for evacuating civilians who were above the ground floors of the Twin Towers, while NYPD and PAPD personnel would be in charge of evacuating civilians from the WTC complex once they reached ground level.

Alconbury is on the edge of the Fens and the base has already sent men and vehicles to assist in evacuating villagers at Ten Mile Bank near Downham Market.

Across the area in scores of factories and depots, workers slow in evacuating scramble for safety, wading or swimming through water as much as four metres deep.

Too late she remembers officials telling her the MOD was evacuating the Category A inmates.

While the crew is evacuating to safety he descends to the now silent engine room and opens the seacocks.

And across the river at Battersea Dogs Home, volunteers and staff are evacuating six hundred strays up to Clapham Common on foot.

Triple-C and tell them to start evacuating everyone back behind the ten-metre contour line.

Firemen, brought in by the same aircraft evacuating patients, clatter down the stairs with their equipment.

General Smith ordered us to start evacuating, it was about seven in the morning.

We started out evacuating as few as a two hundred a day and built up to seventy-five hundred the day before the 29th by fixed-wing aircraft.

So we started evacuating to Guam, which increased our flight time and therefore narrowed the number of aircraft.

South Vietnamese, the North Vietnamese could have stopped the evacuation anytime in their choosing, very simply, especially at the end when we were evacuating the embassy.