Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) give up occupancy of something
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    • vacate the premises/position
  • Analysis
    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.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. My landlord is selling the house and needs me to vacate the premises by the end of the month. I guess I better start looking for a new place!
    2. I vacated my seat on the packed bus so that an elderly person could sit in it.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The company vacated its city premises to occupy a new state of the art facility in the midlands.
    2. It looks unlikely that the builders will be able to vacate the building site before mid-July.
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