evacuate 1520s, from L. evacuatus, pp. of evacuare "to empty, make void, nullify," used by Pliny in reference to the bowels, used figuratively in L.L. for "clear out," from ex- "out" (see EX- (Cf. ex-)) + vacuus "empty" (see VACUUM (Cf. vacuum)). Earliest sense in English is medical. Meaning "remove inhabitants to safer ground" is from 1934. Replaced M.E. evacuen (c.1400). Related: Evacuated; evacuating.

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