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 The Buckeyes want to avoid the mistakes that allowed that lead to nearly evaporate, especially the turnovers in slick, rainy conditions. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football hopes dose of adversity pays off against Michigan: Buckeye Breakfast," 23 Nov. 2019 Argentines with savings saw their nest-eggs evaporate as the peso lost 66% of its value overnight. Jennifer Pribble, The Conversation, "Argentina elects new president on promises to fix economy and unify a struggling nation," 28 Oct. 2019 That's because brown sugar has molasses in it, and that molasses evaporates with air exposure, leaving you with a big old dense and solid piece. Leah Hall, Country Living, "How to Soften Brown Sugar Quickly," 18 Oct. 2019 There are still unique regulatory, political and financial risks to taking money from overseas investors that will never evaporate entirely. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "In the Tesla drama, Saudi Arabia reminds Silicon Valley of its weight," 13 Aug. 2018 The Centers for Disease Control says the bacteria grows in water sources —freshwater lakes and streams or around plumbing and air conditioning systems — then go airborne when the water evaporates and can be breathed by humans. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "BAMC confirms Legionnaires’ disease, finds bacteria source," 27 Feb. 2018 Cover and cook for 8 minutes or until green beans have mostly softened and water has evaporated. 2. Lisa Lillien, Redbook, "3 Simple, Flavorful Ways To Eat More Vegetables," 23 Oct. 2017 The haze of ennui that had coated me all evening evaporated. David Canfield, EW.com, "The Relentless Moon: Get a first look at the otherworldly follow-up to The Calculating Stars," 5 Nov. 2019 Some of the water evaporates into the lower layers of the air and the air is warmed by the warm water. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Will the Ohio River freeze again? Why is the river steaming?," 4 Nov. 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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The first known use of evaporate was in the 15th century

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3 Dec 2019

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“Evaporate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evaporating. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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