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


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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Recent Examples on the Web

Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes, or until the tomatoes soften and most of the liquid has evaporated. BostonGlobe.com, "large plum tomatoes (about ¾ pound)," 17 Sep. 2019 O'Rourke entered the race with much fanfare, only to see his numbers evaporate, and Booker has struggled to take off. Allan Smith, NBC News, "Is Andrew Yang ready for prime time?," 11 Sep. 2019 Civil servants and soldiers, who are paid in zollars, saw their earnings evaporate. The Economist, "Zimbabwe faces its worst economic crisis in a decade," 15 Aug. 2019 Cook for about 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently with a rubber spatula, until the sugar mixture bubbles and dissolves completely, the nuts begin to look evenly coated, and much of the liquid has evaporated. Callie Blount, al, "How to make homemade peach frozen yogurt," 15 Aug. 2019 That announcement brought the stock market up sharply higher on Tuesday, but all of those gains evaporated in minutes Wednesday amid fears about the yield curve. Anchorage Daily News, "Stock losses deepen as key recession warning surfaces," 14 Aug. 2019 School leaders acknowledged that because the devices are small and the vapors evaporate quickly, e-cigarettes can be easy to conceal. Gregory Pratt, chicagotribune.com, "Mayor Lori Lightfoot calls for ban on flavored e-cigarettes, while alderman says he’ll push to block sale of all vaping products in Chicago," 16 Sep. 2019 The boos began just before halftime, when a promising start by the Raiders evaporated in a methodical, dazzling second-quarter onslaught by Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Fans’ anger with Raiders came as quickly as Chiefs’ second-quarter points," 15 Sep. 2019 The second half of the fable takes us to lower altitudes, and there, it must be said, some of the magic evaporates. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Ad Astra” Will Leave You Awed, Confused, and Sad," 13 Sep. 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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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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