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 add insult to injury, Mississippi's 4th-graders reached the national average in math and reading for the first time, while Alabama saw recent gains evaporate. al, "From last place in math to more charter schools, the top Alabama education stories in 2019," 28 Dec. 2019 Then cover with long cotton tube socks and let the hydrating ingredients really seep into skin without evaporating. Stephanie Saltzman, Allure, "7 Dry-Skin Mistakes You're Probably Still Making in the Winter, According to Dermatologists," 15 Dec. 2019 Shares in telecoms group BT rose nearly 8% as investors breathed a sigh of relief as the risk to part of its business evaporated. Adrian Croft, Fortune, "The Markets Cheer a Tory Victory—Pound, Bonds and Bluechips Soar in the U.K. and Beyond," 13 Dec. 2019 The stability of the corporate world fed his bank account, but any semblance of excitement evaporated behind a veil of spreadsheets. Mary Beth Skylis, Outside Online, "Jeff Garmire Credits His Life to Thru-Hiking," 6 Dec. 2019 Earlier this season, the Bears jumped out to a 25-point halftime lead, only to see that advantage evaporate as Jalen Hurts threw three second-half touchdown passes during a 34-31 come-from-behind victory. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "5 college football games to watch during pivotal championship weekend," 5 Dec. 2019 The cathodes and anodes of these batteries are made by mixing materials in a solvent (water or otherwise) and then evaporating the solvent to leave a powder behind. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Study that argued EVs aren’t cleaner gets an update," 4 Dec. 2019 Gasoline breaks down in storage—the lighter factions evaporating off and the heavier ones forming a jet-clogging and injector-sticking varnish. Popmech Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How To Winterize Your Boat for the Cold Months Ahead," 21 Nov. 2019 Customers getting manicures and pedicures endure the smell temporarily, but manicurists who inhale these evaporating chemicals for hours expose themselves to health risks. Aaron Lamplugh, The Conversation, "Nail salon workers suffer chemical exposures that can be like working at a garage or a refinery," 21 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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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Evaporate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evaporative?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=evapor03. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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