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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Tiffany Cabán, a 31-year-old public defender, saw her almost 1,100-vote lead evaporate, with Melinda Katz, the Queens borough president, edging out to a 20-vote lead. New York Times, "In Surprise, Katz Pulls Just Ahead of Cabán in Queens D.A. Primary," 3 July 2019 With terrestrial sources eliminated, astronomers focused on more otherworldly explanations, speculating that FRBs might be burps from evaporating black holes or even intergalactic transmissions from alien civilizations. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "Mysterious Outburst’s Quiet Cosmic Home Yields More Questions Than Answers," 27 June 2019 After watching a 3-1 lead evaporate in the bottom of the sixth, the Mariners answered immediately in the top of the seventh, manufacturing two runs against Baltimore’s wildly erratic reliever Miguel Castro to retake the lead. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Thanks to the schedule, Mariners seem back on track after 5-3 victory in Baltimore," 25 June 2018 Similarly, Facebook saw $100 billion in market capitalization evaporate in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, because its reputation transcended Mark Zuckerberg’s heartfelt promises to make Facebook a force for good. Kevin Werbach, Philly.com, "When crises come, ethically challenged firms such as Uber are most vulnerable, Wharton prof says," 16 Apr. 2018 In the past, the Buckeyes would have watched that lead completely evaporate. Bill Landis, cleveland.com, "How Ohio State found success going small; why Rutgers is scary: Buckeyes basketball daily nuggets," 13 Jan. 2018 Add the vinegar and honey, and continue cooking until the vinegar is evaporated, about 2 more minutes. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Wild Rice with Sauteed Grapes," 26 June 2019 Add the agrodolce water and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until almost all of the liquid has evaporated, about 7-8 minutes more. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Caponata, a mosaic of foods from Sicily," 26 June 2019 Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until sausages are cooked through and liquid has nearly evaporated, about 15 minutes. 3. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "Whether chorizo or brats, you can't mark Father's Day without sausage," 11 June 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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