volatilize

verb
vol·​a·​til·​ize | \ ˈvä-lə-tə-ˌlīz How to pronounce volatilize (audio) , British also və-ˈla-tə-ˌlīz How to pronounce volatilize (audio) \
volatilized; volatilizing

Definition of volatilize

transitive verb

: to make volatile especially : to cause to pass off in vapor

intransitive verb

: to pass off in vapor

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Other Words from volatilize

volatilizable \ ˈvä-​lə-​tə-​ˌlī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce volatilizable (audio) , British also  və-​ˈla-​tə-​ˌlī-​ \ adjective
volatilization \ ˌvä-​lə-​tə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce volatilization (audio) , British also  və-​ˌla-​tə-​ˌlī-​ˈzā-​ \ noun

Examples of volatilize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Applications made in the summer months for weed control are very prone to volatilize. oregonlive.com, "Ask An Expert: Difficult weather conditions can make berries ripen unevenly," 9 Aug. 2019 These products tend to volatilize if used in warm weather and can move with the air to affect nearby plants. oregonlive.com, "When is the best time to harvest pears? Ask an Expert," 19 July 2019 And hotter weather, also tied to climate change, causes mercury to volatilize and be released. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin has cut mercury pollution of its lakes. Climate change puts those gains at risk.," 14 June 2019 These products tend to volatilize if used in warm weather and can move with the air to affect nearby plants. oregonlive.com, "When is the best time to harvest pears? Ask an Expert," 19 July 2019 And hotter weather, also tied to climate change, causes mercury to volatilize and be released. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin has cut mercury pollution of its lakes. Climate change puts those gains at risk.," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of volatilize

1657, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Volatilize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volatilize. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for volatilize

volatilize

verb
vol·​a·​til·​ize
variants: also British volatilise \ ˈväl-​ət-​ᵊl-​ˌīz, British also və-​ˈlat-​ \
volatilized also British volatilised; volatilizing also British volatilising

Medical Definition of volatilize

transitive verb

: to make volatile especially : to cause to pass off in vapor

intransitive verb

: to pass off in vapor

Other Words from volatilize

volatilizable also British volatilisable \ -​ˌī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce volatilisable (audio) \ adjective
volatilization also British volatilisation \ ˌväl-​ət-​ᵊl-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən, British also və-​ˌlat-​ᵊl-​ˌī-​ˈ \ noun

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