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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Humidity prevents a person from cooling down due to sweat not evaporating as quickly. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Even in the shade, hot cars can quickly become lethal for children, study shows," 20 June 2018 McBride won, about 328,000 to 249,000, and Mr. Sadlowski’s national celebrity rapidly evaporated. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Ed Sadlowski, Fiery Steelworkers Insurgent, Dies at 79," 14 June 2018 The Warriors have seen three-game leads in a best-of-seven series evaporate before. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sweep? Warriors won’t say it, but that’s what they want," 7 June 2018 Our sweat evaporating up towards the distant ceiling & descending down as drizzle in the cooler edges of the building. Nick Williams, Billboard, "Listen to Aussie Beatsmith What So Not's #TBT Mixtape, Inspired by His 'Rock Kid' Origins," 7 June 2018 The loss essentially evaporates at your death, because the assets get a new value for tax purposes, so no one gets the potential tax break. Liz Weston, latimes.com, "When buying a car, be strategic with your money. Here's how," 27 May 2018 Benyettou's dreams of becoming a nurse evaporated that day — no one would hire him after learning of his ties to the Kouachi brothers. Fox News, "Europe faces a wave of freed terror convicts. Is it ready?," 11 May 2018 The good vibes of a six-game homestand sweep are forgotten and the hot streak that carried the team into a playoff race is evaporating. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Loss to Edmonton pushes Panthers further from the playoff picture," 18 Mar. 2018 The potash reserve, about a mile-and-a-half underground, developed hundreds of millions of years ago — before the dinosaurs — as an ancient sea filled a low area over Michigan, pooled and evaporated, over and over. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "What is potash and why does Michigan have so much of it?," 16 Mar. 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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