- To evaporate is defined as to turn from a liquid into a gas, or to stop existing.
- When water gets really hot and turns to steam, this is an example of a time when the water evaporates.
- When your thriving career ends, this is an example of a time when your career evaporates.
Liquid from this cup evaporates as steam.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to change (a liquid or solid) into vapor; drive out or draw off in the form of vapor
- to remove moisture from (milk, vegetables, fruits, etc.) by heating or drying so as to get a concentrated product
- to deposit (a metal, metallic salts, etc.) by sublimation
- to drive out (neutrons, electrons, etc.)
Origin: Middle English evaporaten ; from Classical Latin evaporatus, past participle of evaporare ; from e-, out, from plush vaporare, to emit vapor ; from vapor, vapor
- to become vapor; pass off in the form of vapor
- to give off vapor
- to disappear like vapor; vanish
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verb e·vap·o·rat·ed, e·vap·o·rat·ing, e·vap·o·rates verb, transitive
- a. To convert or change into a vapor.b. To draw off in the form of vapor.
- To draw moisture from, as by heating, leaving only the dry solid portion.
- To deposit (a metal) on a substrate by vacuum sublimation.
- a. To change into vapor.b. To pass off in or as vapor.
- To produce vapor.
- To disappear; vanish: Our fears at last evaporated. See Synonyms at disappear.
Origin: Middle English evaporaten, from Latin ēvapōrāre, ēvapōrāt- : ē-, ex-, ex- + vapor, steam.
- e·vapˌo·raˈtion noun
- e·vapˈo·raˌtive adjective
- e·vapˈo·raˌtive·ly adverb
- e·vapˌo·ra·tivˈi·ty noun
- e·vapˈo·raˌtor noun
evaporate - Medical Definition
- To convert or change into a vapor; volatilize.
- To produce vapor.
- To draw or pass off in the form of vapor.
- To draw moisture away from, as by heating, leaving only the dry solid portion.
- To deposit a metal on a substrate by vacuum sublimation.
- evaporator noun
- evaporativity noun