[ vey-puh-rahyz ]
/ ˈveɪ pəˌraɪz /
verb (used with object), va·por·ized, va·por·iz·ing.
to cause to change into vapor.
verb (used without object), va·por·ized, va·por·iz·ing.
to become converted into vapor.
to indulge in boastful talk; speak braggingly.
Also especially British, va·por·ise.
Origin of vaporize
First recorded in 1625–35; vapor
Related formsva·por·iz·a·ble, adjectivere·va·por·ize, verb, re·va·por·ized, re·va·por·iz·ing.un·va·por·ized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for vaporize
They begin to heat, perhaps to heat irreversibly, and if they get out of control, they may vaporize.
The hot gases given off by the burning fuel travel around this tank and vaporize the water which it contains.
British Dictionary definitions for vaporize
Derived Formsvaporizable or vaporisable, adjectivevaporization or vaporisation, noun
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)
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Word Origin and History for vaporizev.
1630s, from vapor + -ize. Originally "smoke tobacco;" later "convert into vapor" (1803), and "spray with fine mist" (1900). Related: Vaporized; vaporizing.
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Medicine definitions for vaporize
To convert or be converted into a vapor.
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Science definitions for vaporize
Related formsvaporize verb
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.
A faintly visible suspension of fine particles of matter in the air, as mist, fumes, or smoke.
A mixture of fine droplets of a substance and air, as the fuel mixture of an internal-combustion engine.
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