tr.v. e·vict·ed, e·vict·ing, e·victs
1. To put out (a tenant, for example) from a property by legal process; expel.
2. To force out; eject: "U.S. troops defeated and evicted the Spanish from the Philippines" (Robert D. Richardson).
[Middle English evicten, from Latin ēvincere, ēvict-, to vanquish : ē-, ex-, intensive pref.; see EX- + vincere, to defeat; see weik-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
e·vict·ee (ĭ-vĭk-tē, ĭ-vĭktē) n.
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