va·​por·​ize | \ ˈvā-pə-ˌrīz \
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 \ adjective
vaporization \ ˌvā-​pər-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun

Examples of vaporize in a Sentence

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

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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 The sample is vaporized via heating, and bombarded with an electron beam to ionize the molecules. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study brings us one step closer to solving 1994 thallium poisoning case," 25 Dec. 2018 At Washington State University, researchers placed pregnant rats in a small transparent chamber, and 60 times a day, for 2 minutes at a time, the moms-to-be got hit with a blast of vaporized cannabis extract. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "‘Something wasn’t clicking’: WSU study shows offspring of pregnant rats exposed to THC have impaired development," 20 Nov. 2018 There is carbon dioxide ice in the polar caps of Mars, and vaporizing these sources of CO2 could double the pressure of the Martian atmosphere. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Nobody Is Terraforming Mars Anytime Soon, NASA Says," 30 July 2018 The falling rock exposed frozen water, which was immediately vaporized in the vacuum of space, along with the dust that clung to it. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Rosetta Caught Close-Up Footage of a Comet Eruption," 26 Aug. 2016 This is more efficient than ingesting CBD, in the same way that vaporizing THC is more efficient than eating it. Dan Nosowitz, Vox, "The super-popular cannabis compound, explained.," 1 Nov. 2018 When a comet loops in close to the sun, the heat vaporizes some of its outer ice and causes chunks of debris to break off in its wake. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The Rosetta Comet-Chaser's Insanely Delicate Approach, Explained," 23 Dec. 2016 Your customers don’t vaporize during the off-season. Rhonda Abrams, USA TODAY, "10 tips for seasonal survival of your small business," 23 May 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 \
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 \
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 \ adjective

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