verb (used without object), e·vap·o·rat·ed, e·vap·o·rat·ing.
verb (used with object), e·vap·o·rat·ed, e·vap·o·rat·ing.
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What does evaporate mean?
Evaporate means to change from a liquid or solid state into vapor (like fog, mist, or steam).
It can be used in a passive way, as in The water evaporated overnight, or an active way, as in The sun evaporates the water on the surface.
The process of evaporating is called evaporation. Both terms are typically used in the context of water turning into water vapor. Water evaporates when it changes into steam through boiling, but in scientific terms, evaporation typically refers to the change of a liquid into a vapor at a temperature below the boiling point, such as when water evaporates from the surface of the ocean. In this way, evaporation is an important part of the water cycle.
Evaporate can also be used in a figurative way meaning to disappear, as in The family’s wealth has evaporated, and now they have nothing.
Example: The dew on the grass evaporates more quickly in the sunny parts of the yard.
Where does evaporate come from?
The first records of the word evaporate come from the 1300s. It derives from the Latin verb ēvapōrāre, meaning “to disperse in vapor.” The word vapor is at the heart of evaporate and comes from the Latin word meaning “steam.”
When you leave out a glass of water and it eventually dries up, it doesn’t just disappear—it evaporates (which, yes, is a bit like disappearing into thin air). Scientifically speaking, evaporation takes place at the surface of a liquid, where the molecules with the highest kinetic energy (the ones with the highest temperature) are able to escape—often by floating off into the atmosphere. This means that liquid often evaporates as a result of added heat, such as from a burner on the stove or the sun.
Evaporation is one step in the water cycle, in which water, such as on the surface of oceans, lakes, and other bodies of water, turns into water vapor. The cycle continues as the vapor condenses to form clouds and is then released through precipitation, such as rain and snow.
Evaporation is usually discussed in the context of liquids, but it can happen to solids, too. If you leave ice cubes in your freezer, they’ll eventually evaporate.
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How is evaporate used in real life?
Evaporate is commonly used in the context of the water cycle, but it can also be used figuratively.
What is the water cycle?
The water cycle describes how water evaporates from the surface of the earth, rises into the atmosphere, cools and condenses into rain or snow in clouds, and falls again to the surface as precipitation.
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— Weather Wise (@WeatherWise20) July 2, 2020
How cold is it outside this morning in Jackson? Well, it was cold enough for us to toss boiling water into the air and observe most of it evaporate instantaneous creating a cloud. The temperature was 14 degrees with a dew point of 4 degrees. pic.twitter.com/W8jTR7H0Gn
— NWS Jackson MS (@NWSJacksonMS) January 2, 2018
new from me and @Trixxy: converging trends of transit ridership evaporating, streets opening, and traditional bike and e-bike sales booming represent a transformational moment for many cities https://t.co/SwpGCJ0jsy
— Andrew J. Hawkins 🚇🚌🚲🛴 (@andyjayhawk) May 14, 2020
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The recession has caused jobs to evaporate in several industries.
Example sentences from the Web for evaporate
Last spring, hundreds of bookings and events evaporated almost instantly.
Nasdaq futures suggest roughly one-third of yesterday’s gains will evaporate at the opening bell.Global markets dip as investors again sour on tech stocks|Bernhard Warner|September 10, 2020|Fortune
Osha tells Fortune he believes “the concerns about profitability are going to evaporate, and the people who make these index decisions will do what they do.”Here’s one possible reason why Tesla wasn’t added to the S&P 500|Anne Sraders|September 8, 2020|Fortune
Just make sure the alcohol is totally gone—it’s odorless when it evaporates, so you’ll know when you no longer can smell it—and then repeat.Working out at home? Here’s how to keep your house from smelling like a gym.|Harry Guinness|September 3, 2020|Popular Science
Stalled action on childcare is no longer acceptable for millennials and Gen Zers, who are watching their futures evaporate before them.Millennials and Gen Zers need better childcare. Can either Biden or Trump deliver?|matthewheimer|August 29, 2020|Fortune
All this beautiful acceptance we are afforded can quickly evaporate.
The heat radiating from the sun dries up water and causes it to evaporate.Sun+Water= High Tech Caribbean Luxury At The Cusinart Resort|The Daily Beast|June 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If he coyly waffles this time around, his support will evaporate quicker than you can say Fred Thompson.
Otherwise the tenuous calm that has remained in the region during the past few years may evaporate.All Terrorism, Both Jewish and Arab, Must Stop for Talks to Succeed|Aaron Magid|October 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“Cool” is one of those words that is completely meaningless because the second you apply them to someone, they totally evaporate.Michael Musto: Lou Reed Made Me A Believer—In Transvestism, Prostitution, and Lou Reed|Michael Musto|October 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Geordie Sinclair knew that this enthusiasm would soon evaporate.The Underworld|James C. Welsh
It was saturated with rain water, which had no time to evaporate, and with sea water, which never dries.Toilers of the Sea|Victor Hugo
Little by little I felt my low spirits evaporate and a new feeling take their place.
It will evaporate fast there, and leave its salt on the bottom of the hollow.Left on Labrador|Charles Asbury Stephens
(old measure) have been obtained; reserve the first 14 oz., and evaporate the remaining 10 oz.