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 evaporate (audio) \ adjective
evaporator \ i-​ˈva-​pə-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce evaporate (audio) \ noun

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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 The Royals watched their eight-point halftime lead evaporate to a four-point deficit Saturday against visiting St. Joseph Academy, and something had to be done. Joe Magill, cleveland, "Gia Casalinova, CVCA girls basketball turn it around in second half, fend off St. Joseph Academy, 54-40," 13 Dec. 2020 One theory that air quality regulators have floated is that the pandemic increased use of germ-fighting cleaners and disinfectants, many of which evaporate and release volatile organic compounds that can contribute to smog. Tony Barboza Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. began 2020 with a clean-air streak but ended with its worst smog in decades," 6 Dec. 2020 The region is full of dairy farmers who have seen their way of life evaporate in recent years under pressures of low milk prices, overproduction and failing export markets. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Donald Trump hits western Wisconsin hoping to recapture 2016 support," 27 Oct. 2020 Some symptoms may improve or evaporate with time, doctors said. Pam Belluck New York Times, Star Tribune, "'I feel like I have dementia': Brain fog plagues COVID survivors," 11 Oct. 2020 Doctors don’t know whether symptoms will improve or evaporate with time. Pam Belluck, New York Times, "‘I Feel Like I Have Dementia’: Brain Fog Plagues Covid Survivors," 11 Oct. 2020 What results is an extremely high-proof and intensely flavored spirit that is then reverse distilled to evaporate all but 0.5% of the alcohol. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "A bourbon with no alcohol? Spiritless, a female-led distillery, is launching in Louisville," 4 Aug. 2020 How can such powerful memories just evaporate with time? Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: After his parents passed, man dreads his birthdays," 11 Dec. 2020 Lebanese have lost jobs and seen the value of their savings evaporate as the currency plunges in value. Dalal Mawad, The Christian Science Monitor, "Lebanese duo helps stranded migrant workers find a way home," 9 Nov. 2020

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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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13 Jan 2021

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“Evaporate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evaporate. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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