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evaporate Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb lose or cause to lose liquid by vaporization leaving a more concentrated residue
    vaporise; vaporize.
    • evaporate milk
  2. verb cause to change into a vapor
    • The chemist evaporated the water
  3. verb change into a vapor
    • The water evaporated in front of our eyes
  4. verb become less intense and fade away gradually
    disappear; melt.
    • her resistance melted under his charm
    • her hopes evaporated after years of waiting for her fiance

E*vap"o*rate transitive verb
L. evaporatus, p. p. of evaporare; e out + vapor steam or vapor. See Vapor.
imperfect & past participle Evaporated ; present participle & verbal noun Evaporating
  1. To pass off in vapor, as a fluid; to escape and be dissipated, either in visible vapor, or in practice too minute to be visible.
  2. To escape or pass off without effect; to be dissipated; to be wasted, as, the spirit of writer often evaporates in the process of translation.
    To give moderate liberty for griefs and discontents to evaporate . . . is a safe way. Bacon.
E*vap"o*rate transitive verb
  1. To convert from a liquid or solid state into vapor (usually) by the agency of heat; to dissipate in vapor or fumes.
  2. To expel moisture from (usually by means of artificial heat), leaving the solid portion; to subject to evaporation; as, to evaporate apples.
  3. To give vent to; to dissipate. R.
    My lord of Essex evaporated his thoughts in a sonnet. Sir. H. Wotton.
E*vap"o*rate adjective
L. evaporatus, p. p.
  1. Dispersed in vapors. Thomson.

Webster 1913

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