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evacuate

verb [I or T] uk   /ɪˈvæk.ju.eɪt/ us  
to move people from a dangerous place to somewhere safe: The police evacuated the village shortly before the explosion. A thousand people were evacuated from their homes following the floods. When toxic fumes began to drift toward our homes, we were told to evacuate.
evacuation
noun [C or U] uk   /ɪˌvæk.juˈeɪ.ʃən/ us  
The evacuation of civilians remains out of the question while the fighting continues. The first evacuations came ten days after the disaster.
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