1. give up occupancy of something
vacate the premises/position
To 'vacate' is the opposite of 'to occupy'. To 'vacate' means 'to leave' or to stop occupying a place or a building. You will most often hear this used to refer to leaving a property or a building. "We bought a new house so we are vacating this one at the end of the month." This is a formal phrase used in professional contexts or in documents of law.