vacated; vacating; vacates

If someone asks you to vacate the room, you'd better pack up your things and go. When you vacate something, you leave it behind, usually empty.

When you stay at a hotel, you're required to vacate the room at check-out time. The same goes for the last day of your lease on your apartment or after closing on the sale of your house. In all of these cases, you've got to get going and take all of your stuff with you. The verb vacate can also be used in conjunction with leaving a job, often an appointed office.

Definitions of vacate
  1. verb
    leave behind empty; move out of
    “You must vacate your office by tonight”
    synonyms: abandon, empty
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    type of:
    go away, go forth, leave
    go away from a place
  2. verb
    leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily
    “She vacated the position when she got pregnant”
    synonyms: give up, renounce, resign
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    abdicate, renounce
    give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations
    type of:
    leave office, quit, resign, step down
    give up or retire from a position
  3. verb
    cancel officially
    vacate a death sentence”
    synonyms: annul, countermand, lift, overturn, repeal, rescind, reverse, revoke
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    go back on, renege, renege on, renegue on
    fail to fulfill a promise or obligation
    type of:
    cancel, strike down
    declare null and void; make ineffective
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