Definition of evaporate
1a : to convert into vapor; also : to dissipate or draw off in vapor or fumesb : to deposit (a substance, such as a metal) in the form of a film by sublimation
2a : to expel moisture fromb : expel evaporate electrons from a hot wire
1a : to pass off in vapor or in minute particlesb (1) : to pass off or away : disappear her ardor evaporated (2) : to diminish quickly
2 : to give forth vapor
evaporationplay \i-ˌva-pə-ˈrā-shən\ noun
evaporativeplay \i-ˈva-pə-ˌrā-tiv\ adjective
evaporatorplay \i-ˈva-pə-ˌrā-tər\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of evaporate from the Web
Cunanan, 27, was believed by police to be the man who slipped behind Versace last Tuesday morning, pumped two bullets into his head and then evaporated into the city.
In a cold pan add the liquor, turn on the heat and let the alcohol evaporate.
Remove lid and cook on medium high just a bit to evaporate some liquid.
Trishelle Jabore, 26, and Jay Crowder, 33, did not buy enough formula for the baby, instead mostly feeding her powdered or evaporated milk, a prosecutor said.
Add fish sauce, soy sauce, and sugar and cook, stirring occasionally, until moisture in skillet is evaporated, about 5 minutes.
A layer of organic mulch, such as shredded wood, bark or leaves, will insulate the soil and roots against the heat and prevent moisture from evaporating from the soil surface.
The phenomenon happens when rain evaporates because of high temperatures before hitting the ground.
An oil goes on last to slow everything from evaporating in the dry air.
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Origin and Etymology of evaporate
Middle English, from Latin evaporatus, past participle of evaporare, from e- + vapor steam, vapor
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
EVAPORATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of evaporate for English Language Learners
: to change from a liquid into a gas
: to go away suddenly : to disappear or vanish
EVAPORATE Defined for Kids
Definition of evaporate for Students
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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