evaporate

verb
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

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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When the Capitals flung their helmets skyward and tore from the bench upon beating the Golden Knights, 4-3, more than four decades of franchise-wide frustration evaporated. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "First Capitals Cup crystallizes end of D.C. drought," 8 June 2018 After the Brooklyn Bridge and its neighbors went over the rivers, and the tunnels went under, the ferry business nearly evaporated. Christopher Bonanos, Daily Intelligencer, "The New Ferry Fleet Will Be Delightful, and Is Also a Huge Mistake," 5 May 2018 After about five to seven minutes, the sound will change from bubbling to crackling; this means that all the water has almost evaporated. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Make Your Own Ghee," 1 Feb. 2019 Like the Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy S, Huawei started with a big and small phone, but now every phone has a massive screen, so the differences between the two have mostly evaporated. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Huawei Mate 20 Pro pictures show off new triple-camera setup," 25 Sep. 2018 Right now is a magical time of year to visit Venice: the muggy heat of summer has evaporated, but the days are still gloriously long and light. Skye Mcalpine, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Navigating Venice During the Film Festival," 28 Aug. 2018 In 1923, a Washington Post writer named George Rothwell Brown noted that some of the danger had evaporated from Washington’s dicier neighborhoods. John Kelly, Washington Post, "There will be blood: Some District neighborhoods once sported memorable names," 19 June 2018 Lyon bound The hopes and dreams of one last trophy for Arsene Wenger have evaporated into the Madrid night. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Real Madrid prevail again, Liverpool survive Roma and the best of the week in soccer," 3 May 2018 But that demand evaporated with last year’s cryptocurrency bust. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "Nvidia’s Revenue Sinks 24%, but Wall Street Feared Worse," 14 Feb. 2019

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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 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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