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


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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Contributing regularly for the first team when the campaign started, Haber's minutes evaporated over time. Charlie Hatch, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati enters transfer window searching for MLS quality that could help win a 2018 USL Cup," 10 July 2018 But that support evaporated on Monday when lawmakers were pressed to reconsider them . Christopher Keating, courant.com, "All Malloy Vetoes Upheld; Lawmakers Fail On Overrides," 25 June 2018 Add mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until softened and all liquid has evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "CSAs in flux: Farm subscription models take on new flavors," 5 Mar. 2018 It was first laid out by a local dynasty of milk merchants who built the house on ancestral land before their fortune evaporated and they were forced to sell. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Male Patterned Boldness: Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Sartoria Ode to Villa Carlotta," 9 July 2018 When rules on margin borrowing were tightened in mid-2015—and everyone suddenly remembered that the real economy was still in the doldrums—most of those gains evaporated. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "A Stock Market Crash With Chinese Characteristics," 9 July 2018 There has been little progress overall, and almost everything recommended in the 2012 report — regarded at the time as promising, reasonably bold and generally bipartisan — has brought little change or evaporated. Alan J. Borsuk, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Borsuk: Wisconsin's ambitious 'Read to Lead' program 6 years later. Are we leading?," 29 June 2018 Zimmerman has been hurt for much of the first half, relegated to representing the host team off the field because his chances of representing it as an All-Star evaporated early. Chelsea Janes, chicagotribune.com, "Bryce Harper plays All-Star week host in a city he could soon be leaving," 13 July 2018 All this tranquility suddenly evaporates when soccer is involved. Candace Rose Rardon, Longreads, "The Country Where Fútbol Comes First," 10 July 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 \
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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