verb evap·o·rate \i-ˈva-p(ə-)ˌrāt\

: to change from a liquid into a gas

: to go away suddenly : to disappear or vanish


Full Definition of EVAPORATE

transitive verb
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
a :  to expel moisture from
b :  expel <evaporate electrons from a hot wire>
intransitive verb
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
:  to give forth vapor
evap·o·ra·tion \-ˌva-pə-ˈrā-shən\ noun
evap·o·ra·tive \-ˈva-pə-ˌrā-tiv\ adjective
evap·o·ra·tor \-ˈva-pə-ˌrā-tər\ noun

Examples of EVAPORATE

  1. Let the liquid start to evaporate.
  2. The heat evaporated the water.
  3. The opportunity evaporated before he could act on it.


Middle English, from Latin evaporatus, past participle of evaporare, from e- + vapor steam, vapor
First Known Use: 15th century

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EVAPORATOR Defined for Kids


verb evap·o·rate \i-ˈva-pə-ˌrāt\

Definition of EVAPORATE for Kids

:  to change into vapor <The liquid evaporated quickly.>
:  to remove some of the water from something (as by heating) <evaporate milk>
:  to disappear without being seen to go <Their savings quickly evaporated.>


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