- 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.
transitive verbevaporated, evaporating
- 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 of evaporateMiddle English evaporaten ; from Classical Latin evaporatus, past participle of evaporare ; from e-, out, from + 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
verbe·vap·o·rat·ed, e·vap·o·rat·ing, e·vap·o·rates
- 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 of evaporateMiddle English evaporaten, from Latin ēvapōrāre, ēvapōrāt- : ē-, ex-, ex- + vapor, steam.
(third-person singular simple present evaporates, present participle evaporating, simple past and past participle evaporated)
From Latin ēvapōrātus, perfect passive participle of ēvapōrō (“evaporate”).