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

evaporation \ i-​ˌva-​pə-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce evaporation (audio) \ noun
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


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


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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Stir in mushrooms and ½ teaspoon salt and cook until tender and juices have released and begun to evaporate, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "You Can Make This Classic Green Bean Casserole Recipe Entirely on Your Stovetop," 21 Nov. 2018 Jon Fortt: The smartphone market unit growth, particularly the premium end, has pretty much evaporated and interestingly Apple is now moving into services, moving into content. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full video and transcript: AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson at Code 2018," 31 May 2018 That legacy has now been spent, though, and any privilege physics once had has evaporated. The Economist, "Particle physicsFundamental physics is frustrating physicists," 13 Jan. 2018 But the good news that once allayed the fears of the doubters and hardened the resolve of the faithful has evaporated. Eric Armstrong, New Republic, "Mormonism’s Crisis of Faith," 12 Jan. 2018 The gas is liquefied onshore by chilling, and special alloys are needed for the ship’s tanks to keep the temperature at minus 165 degrees Celsius (minus 265 Fahrenheit) so the cargo doesn’t evaporate. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Shipping Companies Banking on Gas Carriers as LNG Demand Grows," 14 Mar. 2019 Essentially, this system evaporates water into the air from plant leaves, dispersing moisture into the air and creating higher humidity levels in your home. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Want to Avoid the Flu This Season? Buy a House Plant," 26 Feb. 2019 Memories of the insanity just beyond the store's walls quickly evaporated as guests wandered further into the party. Mai Morsch, Vogue, "The Fashion Week Weary Found Refuge at DVF's Botanical Oasis," 11 Feb. 2019 When there’s little humidity in the air or lots of dry heat at home, the moisture in our skin evaporates more quickly and causes dry and chapped lips. Talia Abbas, SELF, "We Asked Derms How to Keep Dry Lips Moisturized During Winter and Here’s What They Told Us," 11 Dec. 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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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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