[ ih-vap-uh-reyt ]
/ ɪˈvæp əˌreɪt /

verb (used without object), e·vap·o·rat·ed, e·vap·o·rat·ing.

to change from a liquid or solid state into vapor; pass off in vapor.
to give off moisture.
to disappear; vanish; fade: His hopes evaporated.

verb (used with object), e·vap·o·rat·ed, e·vap·o·rat·ing.

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

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

Related forms

Can be confused

evanesce evaporate liquefy melt thaw transpire vaporize

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for evaporate


/ (ɪˈvæpəˌreɪt) /


to change or cause to change from a liquid or solid state to a vapourCompare boil 1 (def. 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 awayall her doubts evaporated
(tr) to deposit (a film, metal, etc) by vaporization of a liquid or solid and the subsequent condensation of its vapour

Derived Forms

Word Origin for evaporate

C16: from Late Latin ēvapōrāre, from Latin vapor steam; see vapour
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Medicine definitions for evaporate


[ ĭ-văpə-rāt′ ]


To convert or change into a vapor; volatilize.
To produce vapor.
To draw or pass off in the form of vapor.
To draw moisture away from, as by heating, leaving only the dry solid portion.
To deposit a metal on a substrate by vacuum sublimation.

Related forms

e•vapo•ra′tor n.e•vap′o•ra•tivi•ty (-ər-ə-tĭvĭ-tē) n.
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