Definition of evaporate
1 a : to convert into vapor; also : to dissipate or draw off in vapor or fumes b : to deposit (as a metal) in the form of a film by sublimation
2 a : to expel moisture from b : expel <evaporate electrons from a hot wire>
1 a : 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
evaporationplay \-ˌva-pə-ˈrā-shən\ noun
evaporativeplay \-ˈva-pə-ˌrā-tiv\ adjective
evaporatorplay \-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.
Origin and Etymology of evaporate
Middle English, from Latin evaporatus, past participle of evaporare, from e- + vapor steam, vapor
First Known Use: 15th century
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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