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verb (used without object), vol·a·til·ized, vol·a·til·iz·ing.
  1. to become volatile; pass off as vapor.
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verb (used with object), vol·a·til·ized, vol·a·til·iz·ing.
  1. to make volatile; cause to pass off as vapor.
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Also especially British, vol·a·til·ise.

Origin of volatilize

First recorded in 1650–60; volatile + -ize
Related formsvol·a·til·iz·a·ble, adjectivevol·a·til·i·za·tion, nounvol·a·til·iz·er, nounnon·vol·a·til·iz·a·ble, adjectivenon·vol·a·til·ized, adjectiveun·vol·a·til·ized, adjective
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Related Words for volatilize

dehydrate, vaporize, clear, desiccate, parch, melt, dispel, concentrate, weaken, disperse, fade, pass, evanesce, vanish, disappear, dissipate, dehumidify, dematerialize, evanish

Examples from the Web for volatilize

Historical Examples of volatilize

  • The action of the fire may concentrate, but not volatilize them.

    The Art of Making Whiskey

    Anthony Boucherie

  • It must not be hot enough, however, to volatilize the sulfuric acid.

  • With this instrument he was able to fuse strontia and volatilize platinum.

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson

  • Associated words: volatile, volatility, volatilize, evaporable.

    Putnam's Word Book

    Louis A. Flemming

  • It will not volatilize at a low red heat, nor will it decompose.

British Dictionary definitions for volatilize



  1. to change or cause to change from a solid or liquid to a vapour
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Derived Formsvolatilizable or volatilisable, adjectivevolatilization or volatilisation, noun
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