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verb evacuate pronunciation in American English /ɪˈvækjuˌeɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleevacuating
past tenseevacuated
past participleevacuated
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to leave a building or other place because it is not safe

    If the alarm sounds, all students should evacuate immediately.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to make people leave a building because it is not safe

      We were all evacuated because of a bomb scare.

    2. b.
      [transitive] to make people leave their homes because of a dangerous situation such as a war

      Over 10,000 refugees have now been evacuated to neighboring countries.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] medical to get rid of solid waste from your bowels

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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