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[ih-vap-uh-reyt] /ɪˈvæp əˌreɪt/
verb (used without object), evaporated, evaporating.
to change from a liquid or solid state into vapor; pass off in vapor.
Synonyms: vaporize.
to give off moisture.
to disappear; vanish; fade:
His hopes evaporated.
Synonyms: evanesce.
verb (used with object), evaporated, evaporating.
to convert into a gaseous state or vapor; drive off or extract in the form of vapor:
The warm sun evaporated the dew.
to extract moisture or liquid from, as by heat, so as to make dry or to reduce to a denser state:
to evaporate fruit.
to cause to disappear or fade; dissipate:
His involvement in the scandal evaporated any hope he had for a political career.
Origin of evaporate
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English evaporaten < Latin ēvapōrātus (past participle of ēvapōrāre to disperse in vapor); see e-1, vapor, -ate1
Related forms
half-evaporated, adjective
half-evaporating, adjective
nonevaporating, adjective
preevaporate, verb, preevaporated, preevaporating.
unevaporated, adjective
Can be confused
Synonym Study
5. Evaporate, dehydrate, dry mean to abstract moisture from. To evaporate is to remove moisture by means of heat, forced ventilation, or the like, and thus to produce condensation or shriveling: to evaporate milk, sliced apples. To dehydrate is to remove moisture from a vegetable, fruit, or body tissue: to dehydrate fruit; dehydrated from running. To dry may mean to wipe moisture off the surface or to withdraw moisture by natural means, such as exposure to air or heat: to dry a dish, clothes. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for evaporate
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  • The beds should now be watched and should not be allowed to evaporate or dry out.

  • Natural forces of this kind do not, it must be recollected, evaporate.

    The Curse of Education Harold E. Gorst
  • How can it when the water from the oceans cannot evaporate to form clouds?

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • It will evaporate fast there, and leave its salt on the bottom of the hollow.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens
  • Ah, that charm by charm should evaporate from the talisman which had enchanted our existence!

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for evaporate


to change or cause to change from a liquid or solid state to a vapour Compare boil1 (sense 1)
to lose or cause to lose liquid by vaporization, leaving a more concentrated residue
to disappear or cause to disappear; fade away or cause to fade away: all her doubts evaporated
(transitive) to deposit (a film, metal, etc) by vaporization of a liquid or solid and the subsequent condensation of its vapour
Derived Forms
evaporable, adjective
evaporability, noun
evaporation, noun
evaporative, adjective
evaporator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin ēvapōrāre, from Latin vapor steam; see vapour
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Word Origin and History for evaporate

early 15c., from Latin evaporatum, past participle of evaporare (see evaporation). Related: Evaporated; evaporating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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evaporate in Medicine

evaporate e·vap·o·rate (ĭ-vāp'ə-rāt')
v. e·vap·o·rat·ed, e·vap·o·rat·ing, e·vap·o·rates

  1. To convert or change into a vapor; volatilize.

  2. To produce vapor.

  3. To draw or pass off in the form of vapor.

  4. To draw moisture away from, as by heating, leaving only the dry solid portion.

  5. To deposit a metal on a substrate by vacuum sublimation.

e·vap'o·ra'tive adj.
e·vap'o·ra'tor n.
e·vap'o·ra·tiv'i·ty (-ər-ə-tĭv'ĭ-tē) n.
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