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
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
First recorded in 1625–35; vapor
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Nearly all liquids will vaporize if permitted to come into contact with air.
I suppose, then, that only the rich and the aristocratic ‘vaporize’?
They begin to heat, perhaps to heat irreversibly, and if they get out of control, they may vaporize.
There is nothing more easy than to vaporize reality altogether, by way of exalting a philosophy.
The crude petroleum is distilled as rapidly as possible with fire heat to vaporize off the naphthas and the burning oils.
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 vaporize
1630s, from vapor + -ize. Originally "smoke tobacco;" later "convert into vapor" (1803), and "spray with fine mist" (1900). Related: Vaporized; vaporizing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
To convert or be converted into a vapor.
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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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