Try Our Apps


What does the eggplant emoji really mean?


[vey-puh-rahyz] /ˈveɪ pəˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), vaporized, vaporizing.
to cause to change into vapor.
verb (used without object), vaporized, vaporizing.
to become converted into vapor.
to indulge in boastful talk; speak braggingly.
Also, especially British, vaporise.
Origin of vaporize
First recorded in 1625-35; vapor + -ize
Related forms
vaporizable, adjective
revaporize, verb, revaporized, revaporizing.
unvaporized, adjective
Can be confused Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for vaporize
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Nearly all liquids will vaporize if permitted to come into contact with air.

    Motors James Slough Zerbe
  • I suppose, then, that only the rich and the aristocratic ‘vaporize’?

    Unveiling a Parallel

    Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Marchant
  • They begin to heat, perhaps to heat irreversibly, and if they get out of control, they may vaporize.

    The Star Lord Boyd Ellanby
  • There is nothing more easy than to vaporize reality altogether, by way of exalting a philosophy.

  • The crude petroleum is distilled as rapidly as possible with fire heat to vaporize off the naphthas and the burning oils.

    Aviation Engines

    Victor Wilfred Pag
  • The lowest temperature obtained by allowing liquefied carbonic oxide to vaporize was -220.5° C.

  • We simply apply heat to melt the ice and then more heat to vaporize the water.

  • We put in more dampers, but it kept going up and up, and I thought it might vaporize any minute.

    The Star Lord Boyd Ellanby
  • And this thing, he said irrelevantly in his mind, this massive piece of solidity can vaporize into a gin bottle!

    The Giants From Outer Space Geoff St. Reynard
British Dictionary definitions for vaporize


to change or cause to change into vapour or into the gaseous state
to evaporate or disappear or cause to evaporate or disappear, esp suddenly
to destroy or be destroyed by being turned into a gas as a result of extreme heat (for example, generated by a nuclear explosion)
Derived Forms
vaporizable, vaporisable, adjective
vaporization, vaporisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for vaporize

1630s, from vapor + -ize. Originally "smoke tobacco;" later "convert into vapor" (1803), and "spray with fine mist" (1900). Related: Vaporized; vaporizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
vaporize in Medicine

vaporize va·por·ize (vā'pə-rīz')
v. va·por·ized, va·por·iz·ing, va·por·iz·es
To convert or be converted into a vapor.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
vaporize in Science
  1. The gaseous state of a substance that is normally liquid or solid at room temperature, such as water that has evaporated into the air. See more at vapor pressure, See also water vapor.

  2. A faintly visible suspension of fine particles of matter in the air, as mist, fumes, or smoke.

  3. A mixture of fine droplets of a substance and air, as the fuel mixture of an internal-combustion engine.

vaporize verb
Our Living Language  : The words vapor and steam usually call to mind a fine mist, such as that in the jet of water droplets near the spout of a boiling teakettle or in a bathroom after a shower. Vapor and steam, however, refer to the gaseous state of a substance. The fumes that arise when volatile substances such as alcohol and gasoline evaporate, for example, are vapors. The visible stream of water droplets rushing out of a teakettle spout is not steam. As the gaseous state of water heated past its boiling point, steam is invisible. Usually, there is a space of an inch or two between the spout and the beginning of the stream of droplets. This space contains steam. The steam loses its heat to the surrounding air, then falls below the boiling point and condenses in the air as water droplets. All liquids and solids give off vapors consisting of molecules that have evaporated from the substance. In a closed system, the vapor pressure of these molecules reaches an equilibrium at which the substance evaporates from the liquid (or solid) and recondenses on it in equal amounts.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for vaporize

Difficulty index for vaporize

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for vaporize

Scrabble Words With Friends