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 vaporize (audio) \ adjective
vaporization \ ˌvā-​pər-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce vaporize (audio) \ noun

Examples of vaporize in a Sentence

Heat is used to vaporize the liquid. Pressure causes the chemical to vaporize.
Recent Examples on the Web But farmers soon began to complain that dicamba had a tendency to vaporize and drift to nearby fields, harming other plants and crops. Arkansas Online, 27 May 2021 Some scientists have looked at using lasers attached to small spacecraft to heat up material and vaporize it, throwing it off the surface and thus—every action resulting in another equal and opposite—pushing the asteroid in the other direction. Sarah Scoles, Scientific American, 19 May 2021 The carbon in the trees, and the other half in the soil and mycelium and roots, might vaporize into thin air, compounding climate change. Suzanne Simard, Wired, 7 May 2021 An instrument called a ChemCam sits on the rover's mast and includes a high-resolution camera and laser that can vaporize rocks to help the rover analyze their chemical composition. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 18 Apr. 2021 They were left to gradually fall back to earth and vaporize in the process. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, 19 Apr. 2021 According to cookbook author and our grill consultant, Dave Joachim, seasoning is simple: Apply a thin layer of oil and heat it above its smoke point (usually between 350 and 450 degrees) for up to an hour to vaporize lighter hydrocarbons. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, 19 Mar. 2021 Watch the titan of Apokolips vaporize some Atlanteans with his Omega eye beams in the clip below. Nick Romano,, 26 Mar. 2021 Proposals have included huge nets and even harpoons to snag the larger pieces of debris and drag them back down to Earth where the heat of reentry would effectively vaporize them. Mike Wehner, BGR, 22 Mar. 2021

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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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“Vaporize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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 vaporize (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 vaporize (audio) \ adjective

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