Definition of evict in US English:

evict

verb

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

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

/əˈvɪkt//əˈvikt/