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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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Examples from the Web for volatilize

Historical Examples

  • 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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