Definition of evaporate
1a : to convert into vapor; also : to dissipate or draw off in vapor or fumesb : to deposit (a substance, such as a metal) in the form of a film by sublimation
2a : to expel moisture fromb : expel evaporate electrons from a hot wire
1a : to pass off in vapor or in minute particlesb (1) : to pass off or away : disappear her ardor evaporated (2) : to diminish quickly
2 : to give forth vapor
evaporationplay \i-ˌva-pə-ˈrā-shən\ noun
evaporativeplay \i-ˈva-pə-ˌrā-tiv\ adjective
evaporatorplay \i-ˈva-pə-ˌrā-tər\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of evaporate from the Web
The Rangers, reeling yet again from a stomach-churning loss Wednesday night in which their bullpen —first closer Matt Bush in the ninth, and then Sam Dyson in the 10th — let another win evaporate with a barrage of Tampa Bay Rays’ homers.
Hope that a sponsor would materialize if the Washington region won a bid evaporated when the bid didn’t happen.
A fourth will evaporate through retirements and nonrenewed contracts.
Terra-cotta pots are beautiful, but as time goes by water evaporating from the sides and rim can leave behind unattractive mineral salt residues.
Either way, the invincible aura ensconcing UW’s starting pitcher evaporated in the third inning.
The mud-slinging marked May’s own return to electioneering after a series of opinion polls showed her once dominant lead evaporating.
At that point, the Gulf was probably a separate basin that was filled with seawater that later evaporated, leaving a blanket of salt behind.
A family glued together by a shock that doesn't just evaporate.
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Origin and Etymology of evaporate
Middle English, from Latin evaporatus, past participle of evaporare, from e- + vapor steam, vapor
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
EVAPORATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of evaporate for English Language Learners
: to change from a liquid into a gas
: to go away suddenly : to disappear or vanish
EVAPORATE Defined for Kids
Definition of evaporate for Students
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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