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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Recent Examples on the Web

Hope that anything would change for the better on its own soon evaporated. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Deutsche Bank’s big overhaul leaves investors unimpressed," 8 July 2019 The magic that led to a four-game winning streak on the road for the Giants evaporated Friday night in a 9-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Oracle Park. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Giants road magic nowhere to be found in home loss to Cardinals," 5 July 2019 Long before Carrier was even born, University of Glasgow professor William Cullen evaporated liquids in a vacuum thus creating refrigeration technology as early as 1748. Haleema Shah, Smithsonian, "The Unexpected History of the Air Conditioner," 24 June 2019 The Greens, in contrast, evaporated as an electoral force in Burlington. Matthew Zeitlin, The New Republic, "Bernie’s Red Vermont," 13 June 2019 That lead evaporated when Gray ran into trouble in the bottom of the frame. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies’ miserable July gets worse with Jon Gray injury, loss to Nationals," 24 July 2019 That benign, bumbling lovability evaporated during the Brexit campaign. Cassie Werber, Quartz, "The terrifying appeal of Boris Johnson, according to a Johnson voter," 18 July 2019 Djokovic's 3-1 lead in the first tiebreak evaporated, with Federer storming back for a 5-3 advantage. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Djokovic saves match points, beats Federer in historic Wimbledon final," 14 July 2019 The Amaranth housing community evaporated in the Great Recession, but plans for the parkway did not. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Goodyear gets the OK to build 15-mile Sonoran Valley Parkway. Here's what the city is waiting on," 20 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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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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