[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. vaporimeter,
  2. vaporing,
  3. vaporingly,
  4. vaporish,
  5. vaporization,
  6. vaporizer,
  7. vaporosity,
  8. vaporous,
  9. vaporously,
  10. vaporware

Also especially British, va·por·ise.

Origin of vaporize

First recorded in 1625–35; vapor + -ize

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

Can be confusedevanesce evaporate liquefy melt thaw transpire vaporize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vaporize



/ (ˈveɪpəˌraɪz) /


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)
Derived Formsvaporizable or vaporisable, adjectivevaporization or vaporisation, noun

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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

Medicine definitions for vaporize


[ vāpə-rīz′ ]


To convert or be converted into a vapor.

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Science definitions for vaporize


[ vāpər ]

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.
Related formsvaporize verb

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