from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To convert or change into a vapor.
  • intransitive verb To draw off in the form of vapor.
  • intransitive verb To draw moisture from, as by heating, leaving only the dry solid portion.
  • intransitive verb To deposit (a metal) on a substrate by vacuum sublimation.
  • intransitive verb To change into vapor.
  • intransitive verb To pass off in or as vapor.
  • intransitive verb To produce vapor.
  • intransitive verb To disappear; vanish: synonym: disappear.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Dispersed in vapors.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Dispersed in vapors.
  • intransitive verb 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 verb To escape or pass off without effect; to be dissipated; to be wasted, .
  • transitive verb To convert from a liquid or solid state into vapor (usually) by the agency of heat; to dissipate in vapor or fumes.
  • transitive verb To expel moisture from (usually by means of artificial heat), leaving the solid portion; to subject to evaporation.
  • transitive verb rare To give vent to; to dissipate.
  • transitive verb (Steam Boilers) that part of the heating surface with which water is in contact.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To transition from a liquid state into a gaseous state.
  • verb figuratively To disappear

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

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


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

[Middle English evaporaten, from Latin ēvapōrāre, ēvapōrāt- : ē-, ex-, ex- + vapor, steam.]


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