evaporate

verb
evap·​o·​rate | \ i-ˈva-p(ə-)ˌrāt How to pronounce evaporate (audio) \
evaporated; evaporating

Definition of evaporate

transitive verb

1a : to convert into vapor also : to dissipate or draw off in vapor or fumes
b : to deposit (a substance, such as a metal) in the form of a film by sublimation
2a : to expel moisture from
b : expel evaporate electrons from a hot wire

intransitive verb

1a : to pass off in vapor or in minute particles
b(1) : to pass off or away : disappear her ardor evaporated
(2) : to diminish quickly
2 : to give forth vapor

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Other Words from evaporate

evaporative \ i-​ˈva-​pə-​ˌrā-​tiv How to pronounce evaporative (audio) \ adjective
evaporator \ i-​ˈva-​pə-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce evaporator (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for evaporate

Synonyms

dematerialize, disappear, dissolve, evanesce, fade, flee, fly, melt, sink, vanish

Antonyms

appear, materialize

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Examples of evaporate in a Sentence

Let the liquid start to evaporate. The heat evaporated the water. The opportunity evaporated before he could act on it.
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Recent Examples on the Web

And what was a huge lead evaporated as Oklahoma State’s Ryan Smeeton tried to grab the title. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diegans capture titles at NCAA track and field championships," 12 June 2019 Its presence suggests that as the Red Planet warmed, its oceans and lakes evaporated. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "The Not So Dead Sea: Traces of Ancient Bacteria Found in the Lake’s Sediments," 5 June 2019 Three or four generations have now grown up watching television, and sometime in the first decade of this century, the stigma of loving television too much evaporated. Christian Lorentzen, Harper's magazine, "Like This or Die," 10 Apr. 2019 But not all scientists agree that the planet is cool enough for such liquid to stick around without evaporating. National Geographic, "Neptune, explained," 28 Mar. 2019 Left behind on Titan with Doctor Strange and Spider-Man, Iron Man watched his two teammates evaporate right in front of him. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "How the Avengers: Endgame trailer hints that Captain Marvel will save the day (and Iron Man)," 8 Dec. 2018 How ought outspoken survivors all feel, having aired indignities and pain publicly and across generations, to receive lip service from politicians, but ultimately see justice evaporate again? Sarah Stankorb, Glamour, "Are Hashtags Like #MeToo and #BelieveWomen Hurting or Helping Survivors?," 15 Oct. 2018 When the Capitals flung their helmets skyward and tore from the bench upon beating the Golden Knights, 4-3, more than four decades of franchise-wide frustration evaporated. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "First Capitals Cup crystallizes end of D.C. drought," 8 June 2018 After the Brooklyn Bridge and its neighbors went over the rivers, and the tunnels went under, the ferry business nearly evaporated. Christopher Bonanos, Daily Intelligencer, "The New Ferry Fleet Will Be Delightful, and Is Also a Huge Mistake," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of evaporate

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for evaporate

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

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The first known use of evaporate was in the 15th century

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More Definitions for evaporate

evaporate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of evaporate

: to change from a liquid into a gas
: to go away suddenly : to disappear or vanish

evaporate

verb
evap·​o·​rate | \ i-ˈva-pə-ˌrāt How to pronounce evaporate (audio) \
evaporated; evaporating

Kids Definition of evaporate

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

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