Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To convert or change into a vapor.
  • transitive v. To draw off in the form of vapor.
  • transitive v. To draw moisture from, as by heating, leaving only the dry solid portion.
  • transitive v. To deposit (a metal) on a substrate by vacuum sublimation.
  • intransitive v. To change into vapor.
  • intransitive v. To pass off in or as vapor.
  • intransitive v. To produce vapor.
  • intransitive v. To disappear; vanish: Our fears at last evaporated. See Synonyms at disappear.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To transition from a liquid state into a gaseous state.
  • v. To disappear

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Dispersed in vapors.
  • intransitive v. To pass off in vapor, as a fluid; to escape and be dissipated, either in visible vapor, or in particles too minute to be visible.
  • intransitive v. To escape or pass off without effect; to be dissipated; to be wasted, .
  • transitive v. To convert from a liquid or solid state into vapor (usually) by the agency of heat; to dissipate in vapor or fumes.
  • transitive v. To expel moisture from (usually by means of artificial heat), leaving the solid portion; to subject to evaporation.
  • transitive v. To give vent to; to dissipate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pass off in vapor, as a fluid; escape and be dissipated in vapor, either visible or invisible; exhale.
  • Figuratively, to escape or pass off without effect; be dissipated; be wasted: as, anger that evaporates in words; the spirit of a writer often evaporates in a translation.
  • To convert or resolve into vapor; dissipate in fumes or steam; convert from a solid or liquid state into a gaseous state; vaporize: as, heat evaporates water.
  • Figuratively, to waste; dissipate.
  • Dispersed in vapors.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become less intense and fade away gradually
  • v. change into a vapor
  • v. cause to change into a vapor
  • v. lose or cause to lose liquid by vaporization leaving a more concentrated residue

Etymologies

Middle English evaporaten, from Latin ēvapōrāre, ēvapōrāt- : ē-, ex-, ex- + vapor, steam.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • But letting a workforce discipline atrophy, or allowing capabilities to slip away, or watching commercial opportunities be delayed or evaporate is far less affordable in the long term.

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  • This allows the layers to fully adhere to each other and excess moisture to evaporate from the soap.

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  • We had overnight our water supply for all practical purposes in the short term evaporate on us and we have to now go to extraordinary measures in order to get through this drought cycle.

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  • As the sun gets higher and it gets a little warmer, by mid-April, you can actually put your sleeping bag out and the ice will sublimate, it will evaporate from the bag and, by the end of April even the wettest bags were all nice and dry and fluffy once again.

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  • Hamlin likely saw his bid for his first NASCAR title evaporate with 60 laps to go when the

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  • The lawsuit claims that as the prosecution's case began to "evaporate" in 1995 — with three witnesses either recanting, refusing to cooperate or fleeing the area in violation of probation — Mr. Vecchione employed illegal tactics to coerce the witnesses into giving false statements and testimony.

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  • We also know that the stuff holds itself together by gravity, and that the particles of the stuff can't be too fast or else the stuff would "evaporate" from its gravitational "bottle."

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  • Are you confident that taxpayers are going to get their money back or is there a chance that a large chunk of that $50 million may just kind of evaporate?

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  • But we can start with a black hole, translate it into the new theory (where we do know how to keep track of information), let the black hole "evaporate" and translate it back.

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  • Money was going to "evaporate" and the end of the fiscal cycle, so they bought computers before the money went away and never got around to deciding where to put them!

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