[ ih-vap-uh-reyt ]
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verb (used without object),e·vap·o·rat·ed, e·vap·o·rat·ing.
  1. to change from a liquid or solid state into vapor; pass off in vapor.

  2. to give off moisture.

  1. to disappear; vanish; fade: His hopes evaporated.

verb (used with object),e·vap·o·rat·ed, e·vap·o·rat·ing.
  1. to convert into a gaseous state or vapor; drive off or extract in the form of vapor: The warm sun evaporated the dew.

  2. to extract moisture or liquid from, as by heat, so as to make dry or to reduce to a denser state: to evaporate fruit.

  1. to cause to disappear or fade; dissipate: His involvement in the scandal evaporated any hope he had for a political career.

Origin of evaporate

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English evaporaten, from Latin ēvapōrātus (past participle of ēvapōrāre “to disperse in vapor”); see e-1, vapor, -ate1

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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.

Other words for evaporate

Other words from evaporate

  • half-e·vap·o·rat·ed, adjective
  • half-e·vap·o·rat·ing, adjective
  • non·e·vap·o·rat·ing, adjective
  • pre·e·vap·o·rate, verb, pre·e·vap·o·rat·ed, pre·e·vap·o·rat·ing.
  • un·e·vap·o·rat·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for evaporate


/ (ɪˈvæpəˌreɪt) /

  1. to change or cause to change from a liquid or solid state to a vapour: Compare boil 1 (def. 1)

  2. to lose or cause to lose liquid by vaporization, leaving a more concentrated residue

  1. to disappear or cause to disappear; fade away or cause to fade away: all her doubts evaporated

  2. (tr) to deposit (a film, metal, etc) by vaporization of a liquid or solid and the subsequent condensation of its vapour

Origin of evaporate

C16: from Late Latin ēvapōrāre, from Latin vapor steam; see vapour

Derived forms of evaporate

  • evaporable, adjective
  • evaporability, noun
  • evaporation, noun
  • evaporative, adjective
  • evaporator, noun

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