Definition of evict in English:

evict

verb

[with object]
  • Expel (someone) from a property, especially with the support of the law.

    ‘a single mother and her children have been evicted from their home’
    • ‘Some landlords are also evicting people without so much as an appearance in court, in violation of due process.’
    • ‘I have now received a letter from the council evicting me from my property.’
    • ‘He has just taken over the property that I live in and is evicting me with less than a month's notice.’
    • ‘If he is evicted and made homeless he is bound to commit suicide, for which the council will be squarely responsible.’
    • ‘The landlord wins a stack of cash and the right to evict his tenant.’
    • ‘At present, landlords cannot evict tenants who are willing to pay prevailing market rates.’
    • ‘Why does he not come straight out and say that he wants all landlords to evict every tenant who might be accused of upsetting the next door neighbour.’
    • ‘While evicting the tenants would increase the landlords income, it would cause hardship on the tenants.’
    • ‘Magistrates also ordered that he be evicted and imposed an injunction to keep him away from her for a year.’
    • ‘The order enabled the police to evict any tenants and board up the property.’
    • ‘After evicting her, the landlord started renovations in hopes of raising the rent for the next tenant.’
    • ‘It would, for example, prevent a landlord from evicting a widow from an apartment on the grounds that she was not the ‘registered’ tenant.’
    • ‘Remember that your landlord can't evict you unless the Régie du logement says he's allowed.’
    • ‘Our landlord tried to evict us three days before Christmas because he wanted more money.’
    • ‘York council has demonstrated its resolve to evict nuisance tenants.’
    • ‘In some cases, workers were evicted from their homes to make way for new property development.’
    • ‘Landlords will retain the power to evict tenants who display anti-social behaviour.’
    • ‘However, the law will also allow landlords to evict tenants much faster.’
    • ‘The decision to evict a member must be made in accordance with the by-laws established by the membership.’
    • ‘Soon the association was strong enough to boycott local landlords who were evicting their tenants and offering the land to others at increased rents.’
    expel, eject, oust, remove, dislodge, turn out, put out, force out, throw out, throw out on the streets, throw out on one's ear, drum out, drive out
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘recover property by legal process’): from Latin evict- ‘overcome, defeated’, from the verb evincere, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + vincere ‘conquer’.

Pronunciation

evict

/ɪˈvɪkt/