va·​por·​ize | \ ˈvā-pə-ˌrīz How to pronounce vaporize (audio) \
vaporized; vaporizing

Definition of vaporize

transitive verb

1 : to convert (as by the application of heat or by spraying) into vapor
2 : to cause to become dissipated
3 : to destroy by or as if by converting into vapor a tank vaporized by a shell

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Other Words from vaporize

vaporizable \ ˈvā-​pə-​ˌrī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce vaporizable (audio) \ adjective
vaporization \ ˌvā-​pər-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce vaporization (audio) \ noun

Examples of vaporize in a Sentence

Heat is used to vaporize the liquid. Pressure causes the chemical to vaporize.

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When plate tectonics ceased, CO2 levels would have increased in the atmosphere and trapped so much heat that the oceans vaporized. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Venus, Earth’s Evil Twin, Beckons Space Agencies," 12 June 2019 But here’s an excerpt: Examiners can find prints using shortwave ultraviolet light, fluorescent dyes, and a ridiculous tool that vaporizes superglue. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology of Pipe Bombs and Suspicious Packages, Explained," 25 Oct. 2018 The only difference is that Duke now has Zion Williamson, who’s back on the court after vaporizing his own sneaker, and Zion Williamson is amazing. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "It’s Never Been Smarter to Hate Duke," 20 Mar. 2019 One third of those cells were exposed to e-cigarette fluid, another third to vaporized liquid and the remaining third to nothing. Fox News, "E-cigarette vapor tied to changes in lung cells," 15 Aug. 2018 Most essential oils get made with a process called steam distillation, essentially when steam is passed through raw plant material (like ginger or lavender), causing the aromatic compounds in the plants to then vaporize. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Use Ginger Oil for Swelling and Inflammation, According to a Dermatologist," 15 Jan. 2019 When your engine is cold, the gasoline is less likely to evaporate and create the correct ratio of air and vaporized fuel for combustion. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Warming Up Your Car in the Cold Just Harms the Engine," 28 Dec. 2018 Infinity War infamously ended with Thanos snapping his fingers and vaporizing half of the Earth’s population, including some of our favorite heroes, who are decimated into dust. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Ant-Man and the Wasp’s post-credits scenes, explained," 6 July 2018 Boyle says the meteors strike the earth’s atmosphere at around 134,000 miles per hour, causing long streaks that completely vaporize. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Coming up! A good weekend for viewing Perseid meteor showers," 7 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of vaporize

1803, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for vaporize

vapor entry 1 + -ize

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English Language Learners Definition of vaporize

: to change into a vapor or to cause (something) to change into a vapor


va·​por·​ize | \ ˈvā-pə-ˌrīz How to pronounce vaporize (audio) \
vaporized; vaporizing

Kids Definition of vaporize

: to turn from a liquid or solid into vapor

Other Words from vaporize

vaporizer \ -​ˌrī-​zər \ noun


variants: also British vaporise \ ˈvā-​pə-​ˌrīz How to pronounce vaporise (audio) \
vaporized also British vaporised; vaporizing also British vaporising

Medical Definition of vaporize

transitive verb

: to convert from a liquid or solid into a vapor vaporized plaque in an artery with laser treatment

Other Words from vaporize

vaporizable also British vaporisable \ -​ˌrī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce vaporisable (audio) \ adjective

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