evaporate

verb
evap·​o·​rate | \ i-ˈva-p(ə-)ˌrāt \
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 \ noun
evaporative \ i-​ˈva-​pə-​ˌrā-​tiv \ adjective
evaporator \ i-​ˈva-​pə-​ˌrā-​tər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for evaporate

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

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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A decade ago, Nokia’s dominance in handheld devices evaporated after executives failed to create a compelling operating system to make their pricey smartphones more user-friendly. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Polaroid. Walkman. Palm Pilot. iPhone?," 11 Jan. 2019 Races where the results are a foregone conclusion just aren’t as exciting for the fans to watch, and previously diverse pools of competitors soon evaporate. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "From efficiency to airflow, it’s a golden age for racing tech in our driveways," 23 Nov. 2018 The late Stephen Hawking thought the itty-bitty objects would rapidly lose mass and evaporate, but perhaps leftover particles would persist. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 Ocean water evaporates in these hotspots and the moist air rises. Douglas Fox, Popular Mechanics, "How Do Hurricanes Form? Disaster Science Explained," 10 Sep. 2018 But the Royals’ 4-2 lead evaporated in the fourth inning. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Unable to keep early lead vs. Twins, Royals drop another series," 11 July 2018 Cleveland already had seen an 11-point halftime lead evaporate with James on the court. Tim Bontemps, chicagotribune.com, "For once, LeBron James' supporting cast makes all the difference for Cavaliers," 30 Apr. 2018 Kevin Keegan's entertainers weren't about to shore up their defense though, and saw their lead evaporate with Fowler's second ten minutes into the second half. SI.com, "Liverpool Aims to Fortify Top-Four Standing vs. Relegation-Threatened Newcastle," 2 Mar. 2018 After watching a nine-point lead evaporate in the second half, MSU finished on an 11-4 run in the final 3:28. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball escapes Iowa with late surge, 96-93," 6 Feb. 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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More Definitions for evaporate

evaporate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of evaporate

: to change from a liquid into a gas

: to go away suddenly : to disappear or vanish

evaporate

verb
evap·​o·​rate | \ i-ˈva-pə-ˌrāt \
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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