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 formshalf-e·vap·o·rat·ed, adjectivehalf-e·vap·o·rat·ing, adjectivenon·e·vap·o·rat·ing, adjectivepre·e·vap·o·rate, verb, pre·e·vap·o·rat·ed, pre·e·vap·o·rat·ing.un·e·vap·o·rat·ed, adjective
Can be confusedevanesce 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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Examples from the Web for evaporate

Contemporary Examples of evaporate

Historical Examples of evaporate

  • 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 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 Formsevaporable, adjectiveevaporability, nounevaporation, nounevaporative, adjectiveevaporator, noun

Word Origin for evaporate

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

evaporate in Medicine




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