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

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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 To render duck fat: Cut the fat into 1-inch chunks, place them in a pot with 1 cup of water and simmer over medium-low until the water has evaporated and the fat has browned and crisped. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Cherry Roast Duck," 11 Sep. 2019 Simmer for 10 to 12 minutes until the broth has evaporated. Carrie Knauer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Year of the Apple continues with savory trio of recipes," 9 Sep. 2019 Add vinegar and continue cooking, stirring until liquid has evaporated. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Black Bean and Corn Enchilada Casserole: Fiber rich and vegetarian," 7 Sep. 2019 Increase heat to medium high, simmer until wine evaporates. Claire Perez, sun-sentinel.com, "Positano’s Zuppa di Mussels: ‘Everyone loves dunking their bread in the garlicky tomato sauce’," 30 Aug. 2019 Add remaining ingredients and cook over low heat, stirring regularly, until all liquid has evaporated and vegetables are very tender. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lobster Fest indulges shellfish lovers for 3 days, while local restaurants feed the craving all year," 7 Aug. 2019 Warm air has more energy and evaporates more moisture, leaving forest cover parched and flammable. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Wildfires could grow exponentially as climate warms, study warns," 17 July 2019 As true believers will remember, in Avengers: Infinity War, the purple titan Thanos snaps his fingers and evaporates half of all intelligent life in the universe. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Spider-Man: Far From Home is saving the MCU by ignoring its continuity," 8 July 2019 Midfielder Rose Lavelle, who had been magnificent, left the game with a hamstring injury, and suddenly the U.S. control of the midfield evaporated. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "One more game for U.S. women, who will play for World Cup title," 2 July 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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5 Nov 2019

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The first known use of evaporate was in the 15th century

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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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