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

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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 But the offensive efficiency evaporated, and a defense that recorded third-quarter interceptions fell flat, enabling Patrick Mahomes and his offense to roar to life. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Fair or not, narrative of Super Bowl LIV will focus on 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan," 3 Feb. 2020 But the image quickly evaporated as sales slumped and dealers struggled to offload the entry-level $150,000 Vantage. Siddharth Philip, Fortune, "Aston Martin gets a $656 million lifeline led by Formula One team owner as it runs low on cash," 31 Jan. 2020 But four of those six came over the game’s final six minutes as Texas saw yet another second-half lead evaporate. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Texas holds on to edge TCU," 29 Jan. 2020 Those tailwinds could evaporate quickly, but that hasn’t dissuaded investors, at least so far. Washington Post, "Wall Street Fears Elizabeth Warren for the Wrong Reasons," 5 Nov. 2019 But a lot of the once-abundant water on the planet evaporated away as Mars' climate grew more and more inhospitable. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "We Now Have a Good Idea When Martian Oceans Started Dying," 7 Oct. 2019 Now, not just potential sales are evaporating, but existing ones too. The Denver Post, "Post Premium: Our best stories for the week of Sept. 9-15," 15 Sep. 2019 But if there’s no atmosphere, the water on the planet would evaporate and escape. Alyssa Lukpat, BostonGlobe.com, "Researchers checked an exoplanet 50 light years away for an atmosphere. Turns out it was just a big rock," 6 Sep. 2019 While no ice means that water can evaporate through the entire winter, the effect of freezing is more complicated, said Lauren Fry, the U.S. Army Corps technical lead for Great Lakes hydrology. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Lake Erie is usually half frozen by now: What’s it like this year?," 22 Jan. 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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12 Feb 2020

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“Evaporate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evaporate. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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