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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After an hour of gentle tumbling, about half of the water has been vaporized. Tyler Kord, Popular Mechanics, "Cooking (and Shrinking) the Modern Combat Ration," 29 June 2019 Anyway, a lot of superheroes along with half of the living beings in the universe were vaporized by a purple-faced villain with a corrugated chin. New York Times, "Review: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Is the Latest Iron Man Movie," 27 June 2019 But that idea vaporizes in the wake of a deus ex machina cheat. Ann Hornaday,, "'The Dead Don't Die' review: Jim Jarmusch's zombie tale lumbers along," 13 June 2019 The three years of violent skirmishes between the rebels and Niger’s army had the effect of vaporizing the predominant industry. Robert Draper, National Geographic, "Surrounded by chaos, Niger is a nation on the edge," 17 June 2019 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

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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