\ ˈvāp How to pronounce vape (audio) \
vaped; vaping

Definition of vape

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

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Other Words from vape

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 Financial Stakes At stake in all this are the lives of the estimated 1.1 billion people around the world who smoke, and the 41 million who vape. Tiffany Kary,, "Philip Morris Money Is Funding Pro-Vaping Virus Spin," 15 Apr. 2020 The National Institute on Drug Abuse wrote on its blog that people with substance-use disorders, including those who vape, could be especially hard-hit by COVID-19. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Is There Actually a Link Between Vaping and Coronavirus?," 23 Mar. 2020 The Illinois Department of Public Health last week launched an anonymous survey, aimed at those who regularly vape but have not been sick to help bring in more data for the investigation. Kate Thayer,, "12 deaths tied to vaping illness, hundreds more sick, says CDC," 27 Sep. 2019 Interestingly, most of the teenagers who vape marijuana also report smoking it in traditional joints, Volkow says. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "High schoolers are still vaping like crazy," 18 Dec. 2019 San Francisco Unified School District and four other Bay Area school districts have joined a growing number of school districts around the country in suing Juul, seeking unspecified damages allegedly incurred by students who vape Juul products. Catherine Ho,, "San Francisco Unified, other Bay Area school district join lawsuit against Juul," 17 Dec. 2019 That decision followed new research that Juul’s mint is the top choice for many high school students who vape. Matthew Perrone,, "Trump to pursue higher sales age for vaping devices: ‘An age limit of 21 or so’," 8 Nov. 2019 Until the investigation is complete, the CDC and public health officials elsewhere urge the public not to vape any product. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Counterfeit 'Dank Vapes' among products linked to lung illnesses," 27 Sep. 2019 Another metro Phoenix city is considering a ban on where residents can vape. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Another metro Phoenix city may tighten rules on vaping," 15 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of vape

1999, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vape

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

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9 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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\ ˈvāp How to pronounce vape (audio) \
vaped; vaping

Medical Definition of vape

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

Other Words from vape

vaper noun
Vapers can inhale huge numbers of very small aerosol particles into the lung's tiniest airways. — Janet Raloff, Science News, 28 June 2014

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