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- (transitive, intransitive) to transition from a liquid state into a gaseous state
- (transitive) to expel moisture from (usually by means of artificial heat), leaving the solid portion
- to evaporate apples
- (transitive, figuratively) to give vent to; to dissipate
- 1641, Henry Wotton, A Parallel between Robert late Earl of Essex and George late Duke of Buckingham:
- My lord of Essex evaporated his thoughts in a sonnet.
- (intransitive, figuratively) to disappear; to escape or pass off without effect
- 1976 April 10, “Now What?”, in Gay Community News, page 4:
- Gay people have belabored on this issue far too long and far too hard to allow the efforts of years to be evaporated through this obscene ruling. Our fights will continue, if not in the courts, then in the legislatures.
- 2011 March 2, Chris Whyatt, “Arsenal 5 - 0 Leyton Orient”, in BBC:
- The hosts initially looked like they lacked a spring in their step, but fears of further agony evaporated in the seventh minute with a goal of typical Arsenal quality.
Conjugation of evaporate
(transitive or intransitive) to transition from a liquid state into a gaseous state
to expel moisture from
evaporate f pl