evaporate

verb evap·o·rate \ i-ˈva-p(ə-)ˌrāt \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of evaporate

evaporated; evaporating
transitive verb
1 a : 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
2 a : to expel moisture from
b : expel
  • evaporate electrons from a hot wire
intransitive verb
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
2 : to give forth vapor

evaporation

play \i-ˌva-pə-ˈrā-shən\ noun

evaporative

play \i-ˈva-pə-ˌrā-tiv\ adjective

evaporator

play \i-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.

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Origin and Etymology of evaporate

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

evaporate Synonyms

Synonyms
dematerialize, dissolve, evanesce, disappear, fade, flee, fly, go (away), melt, sink, vanish
Antonyms
appear, materialize
Related Words
blank (out), clear, die (away or down or out), disperse, dissipate, dissolve, dry up; blur, dim
Near Antonyms
arrive, break out, come out, emerge, issue, loom, show up

EVAPORATE Defined for English Language Learners

evaporate

verb

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

evaporate

verb evap·o·rate \ i-ˈva-pə-ˌrāt \

Definition of evaporate for Students

evaporated; evaporating
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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