evap·​o·​rate | \ i-ˈva-p(ə-)ˌrāt How to pronounce evaporate (audio) \
evaporated; evaporating

Definition of evaporate

transitive verb

1a : to convert into vapor also : to dissipate or draw off in vapor or fumes
b : to deposit (a substance, such as a metal) in the form of a film by sublimation
2a : to expel moisture from
b : expel evaporate electrons from a hot wire

intransitive verb

1a : to pass off in vapor or in minute particles
b(1) : to pass off or away : disappear her ardor evaporated
(2) : to diminish quickly
2 : to give forth vapor

Other Words from evaporate

evaporative \ i-​ˈva-​pə-​ˌrā-​tiv How to pronounce evaporate (audio) \ adjective
evaporator \ i-​ˈva-​pə-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce evaporate (audio) \ noun

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Examples of evaporate in a Sentence

Let the liquid start to evaporate. The heat evaporated the water. The opportunity evaporated before he could act on it.
Recent Examples on the Web About 80 degrees if clouds dominate, but above 90 is possible if sunshine dominates and rain chances evaporate. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 10 June 2022 But Democrats, who saw several potential pickups in the House of Representatives potentially evaporate, were outraged. New York Times, 28 May 2022 Just as the mineral oil used for larviciding, this technique does not have any residual effects, meaning once the droplets fall or evaporate, the pesticide is no longer able to kill mosquitoes. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 16 May 2022 The James Webb Space Telescope (Webb) will be very important for telling us whether rocky planets around red dwarfs can hold onto their atmospheres or whether these planets’ atmospheres evaporate within a couple of million years, says France. Bruce Dorminey, Forbes, 14 May 2022 Similar to Exxon Valdez, the oil is of a light variety, so 40 to 50 percent of it will probably evaporate in the hot Yemeni climate and cause some temporary episodic air pollution, Boufadel says. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 12 May 2022 Celsius — sweat cannot evaporate and humans can no longer cool themselves down. Denise Chow, NBC News, 7 May 2022 Financial education can help people to not only resist a potential economic winter but also succeed and improve their quality of life while others see money evaporate from their bank accounts. Gabriela Berrospi, Forbes, 4 May 2022 And this kind of hate just needs to evaporate from the planet, no matter who it's directed towards. Rachel Yang, EW.com, 14 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of evaporate

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for evaporate

Middle English, from Latin evaporatus, past participle of evaporare, from e- + vapor steam, vapor

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“Evaporate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evaporate. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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evap·​o·​rate | \ i-ˈva-pə-ˌrāt How to pronounce evaporate (audio) \
evaporated; evaporating

Kids Definition of evaporate

1 : to change into vapor The liquid evaporated quickly.
2 : to remove some of the water from something (as by heating) evaporate milk
3 : to disappear without being seen to go Their savings quickly evaporated.

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