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

v leave behind empty; move out of

“You must vacate your office by tonight”
abandon, empty
Type of:
go away, go forth, leave
go away from a place

v leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily

“She vacated the position when she got pregnant”
give up, renounce, resign
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

v cancel officially

vacate a death sentence”
annul, countermand, lift, overturn, repeal, rescind, reverse, revoke
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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