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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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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