- Enter a word for the dictionary definition.
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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 throne of England; the tenant vacated the house. [1913 Webster] 2. To annul; to make void; to deprive of force; to make of no authority or validity; as, to vacate a commission or a charter; to vacate proceedings in a cause. [1913 Webster] That after act vacating the authority of the precedent. --Eikon Basilike. [1913 Webster] The necessity of observing the Jewish Sabbath was vacated by the apostolical institution of the Lord's Day. --R. Nelson. [1913 Webster] 3. To defeat; to put an end to. [R.] [1913 Webster] He vacates my revenge. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]