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verb evap·o·rate \i-ˈva-p(ə-)ˌrāt\

Simple Definition of evaporate

  • : to change from a liquid into a gas

  • : to go away suddenly : to disappear or vanish

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of evaporate



  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to convert into vapor; also :  to dissipate or draw off in vapor or fumes b :  to deposit (as a metal) in the form of a film by sublimation

  3. 2 a :  to expel moisture from b :  expel <evaporate electrons from a hot wire>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 a :  to pass off in vapor or in minute particles b (1) :  to pass off or away :  disappear <her ardor evaporated> (2) :  to diminish quickly

  6. 2 :  to give forth vapor


play \-ˌva-pə-ˈrā-shən\ noun


play \-ˈva-pə-ˌrā-tiv\ adjective


play \-ˈva-pə-ˌrā-tər\ noun

Examples of evaporate in a sentence

  1. Let the liquid start to evaporate.

  2. The heat evaporated the water.

  3. The opportunity evaporated before he could act on it.

Origin and Etymology of evaporate

Middle English, from Latin evaporatus, past participle of evaporare, from e- + vapor steam, vapor

First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with evaporate

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EVAPORATE Defined for Kids


verb evap·o·rate \i-ˈva-pə-ˌrāt\

Definition of evaporate for Students



  1. 1 :  to change into vapor <The liquid evaporated quickly.>

  2. 2 :  to remove some of the water from something (as by heating) <evaporate milk>

  3. 3 :  to disappear without being seen to go <Their savings quickly evaporated.>

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