evacuate

To evacuate is to flee, like how people leave an area when a hurricane is coming. It also means to empty something completely.

If you have to evacuate your home, something horrible is probably happening, like a natural disaster. People evacuate when something like a tornado or act of terrorism makes their homes unsafe. To evacuate also means to empty completely, in the bathroom-oriented sense of evacuating (emptying) your bowels. Similarly, if a chemist empties and therefore creates a vacuum in a flask, she has evacuated the flask. When you evacuate, you clear out.

Primary Meanings of evacuate

1.
v
move out of an unsafe location into safety
2.
v
empty completely
3.
v
excrete or discharge from the body
Full Definitions of evacuate
1

v move out of an unsafe location into safety

“After the earthquake, residents were evacuated
Type of:
move
change residence, affiliation, or place of employment

v move people from their homes or country

Type of:
displace
cause to move, usually with force or pressure
2

v empty completely

evacuate the bottle”
Type of:
empty
make void or empty of contents

v create a vacuum in (a bulb, flask, reaction vessel)

Type of:
empty
make void or empty of contents
3

v excrete or discharge from the body

Synonyms:
empty, void
Types:
suction
empty or clean (a body cavity) by the force of suction
Type of:
egest, eliminate, excrete, pass
eliminate from the body

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