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

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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 For one, a warming atmosphere will evaporate more moisture into the air. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Weekend Snowfall Potential Increases with 3-5" and Icy Roads," 20 Jan. 2021 Soccer has a heightened sensitivity to sharp, drastic change — the sort that seems to materialize in a day, a week, and then evaporate — but also an ability to remain blissfully numb to the sort that spools out over the span of seasons and years. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Nothing Lasts Forever," 4 Dec. 2020 Real wages remain stagnant as rent creeps up and jobs evaporate. Stephen Kearse, The Atlantic, "The YouTuber Who Treats the Inner City Like a Safari," 31 Oct. 2020 Breathable shoes allow your sweat to evaporate more quickly while keeping your feet cool and protecting them from blisters and fungi. Jeremy Helligar, Popular Science, "Best running shoes: Break a sweat, not your arches," 15 Jan. 2021 Trump, who was up in several swing states on election night, watched his lead evaporate over the course of several days of vote-counting, during which widespread allegations of voter fraud were brought by the president and his allies. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "President Trump prematurely declares victory as vote-counting in battleground states continues," 7 Nov. 2020 In a vacuum, that water would leak out and evaporate, which could affect the structure—especially in places where screws and brackets were attached. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Japan Is Sending a Wooden Satellite Into Space. That Should Be Interesting.," 30 Dec. 2020 Most usually evaporate in the hot solar atmosphere. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Newly discovered comet photographed during solar eclipse," 21 Dec. 2020 This will evaporate and create a more humid microclimate around your tree. Mackenzie Nichols, Better Homes & Gardens, "Norfolk Island Pines Are the Perfect Houseplant to Decorate for the Holidays," 15 Dec. 2020

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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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2 Mar 2021

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“Evaporate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evaporate. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of evaporate

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


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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