evacuate evacuate  /ɪ ˈvæk jə ˌeɪt/


  1. (v) move out of an unsafe location into safety
  2. (v) empty completely
  3. (v) move people from their homes or country
  4. (v) create a vacuum in (a bulb, flask, reaction vessel)
  5. (v) excrete or discharge from the body


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  1. Officials are still negotiating with Amtrak for trains to evacuate the disabled and those too sick to be crowded onto buses.
  2. Up to 1,500 people were ordered to evacuate from the wealthy seaside community of Rancho Palos Verdes, Fire Inspector Frederic Stowers said early Friday.
  3. You can usually evacuate people ahead of a major storm, but you can't evacuate infrastructure.


  1. Residents Evacuate as Rabbit Creek Floods

    At least one home is being evacuated in the Rabbit Creek area in South Anchorage, as the creek has overflowed it's banks. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Rabbit Creek this morning. Flooding Photos NWS: Anchorage Flood Warning
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Alaska Public Radio Network

  2. Colo. Springs orders residents of 1,000 homes to evacuate, first mandatory evacuations in city

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Colo. Springs orders residents of 1,000 homes to evacuate, first mandatory evacuations in city.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  3. Residents Of 1,000 Colorado Springs Homes Ordered To Evacuate Due To Fire

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Residents of 1,000 homes in Colorado Springs are being ordered to evacuate because of a wildfire that's already destroyed at least 360 houses. Thursday's evacuation order is the first within the city limits. About 38,000 people
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal


  1. "The safety of life is number one priority [and] we would move well in advance of the storm to evacuate personnel," Adm Allen said. "That would require us at some point to move our vessels of opportunity off the water."
    on Jun 27, 2010 By: Thad W Allen Source: Financial Times

  2. "I know there are people concerned about their lives. Some people didn't evacuate when asked. I've been briefed on the rescue teams there in the area," Bush said.
    on Sep 13, 2008 By: President Bush Source: The Gazette (Montreal)

  3. "The first thing we heard was the Cubs wanted us to fly to Milwaukee to play," said Astros infielder Mark Loretta, one of only two National League player representatives. "We didn't think that was a very good idea to try to evacuate our...
    on Sep 11, 2008 By: Mark Loretta Source: Houston Chronicle

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