vaped; vaping

transitive + intransitive

: to inhale vapor through the mouth from a usually battery-operated electronic device (such as an electronic cigarette) that heats up and vaporizes a liquid or solid
This electronic cigarette … contains a small reservoir of liquid nicotine solution that is vaporized to form an aerosol mist. The user "vapes," or puffs on the vapor, to get a hit of the addictive nicotine …John Tierney
When a person tokes, eats or vapes cannabis, a wave of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, washes into the brain.Laura Sanders
vaper noun
The problem is that little is known about the precise dangers of being in the same space as a vaper indulging their e-habit. Amber Dance

Examples of vape in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the state doesn’t necessarily enforce regulations against the advertisement of tobacco and vaping products within 500 feet of a school. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Jan. 2024 However, how young people consume changed over time, with the agency reporting increases in dabbing concentrates and vaping weed oil. John Aguilar, Hartford Courant, 4 Jan. 2024 Days later, Brian Anderson, then 19 and celebrating Senior Week, was spotted by an officer vaping again after a warning, according to a police report. Steve Thompson, Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2023 Hurlburt added that Allard is sending a warning about those who are vaping. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 25 Jan. 2024 Some of the best vape pens for cartridges are also affordable, meaning everyone can get ahold of a top-grade vaping device to enjoy the smoothest vaping sessions. Sponsored Content, The Mercury News, 10 Jan. 2024 Teens drink in a couple of party scenes (including having shots), and there are references to vaping and an inhaler full of vodka. Common Sense Media, Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2024 The idea initially came from small vaping manufacturers who did not have the money to conduct the large studies typical of FDA applications. Matthew Perrone, Fortune, 30 Dec. 2023 While the purpose of e-cigarettes or vaping products was to help people stop smoking cigarettes, these devices have gained traction among younger people who hadn’t previously been addicted to cigarettes in the first place. Maggie O'Neill, Health, 28 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


short for vapor entry 1, in reference to the aerosol produced by the cigarette, by analogy with smoke entry 2

First Known Use

1999, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vape was in 1999

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Cite this Entry

“Vape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to inhale vapor through the mouth from a usually battery-operated electronic device that heats up and vaporizes a liquid or solid

Medical Definition


vaped; vaping

intransitive verb

: to inhale and exhale vapor from an electronic cigarette or similar device like someone smoking a conventional cigarette

transitive verb

: to inhale or exhale the vapor of
vaper noun
Vapers can inhale huge numbers of very small aerosol particles into the lung's tiniest airways. Janet Raloff, Science News
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