evaporate

To evaporate is to fade away or to literally turn into vapor. If you leave a glass of water out and the water slowly disappears, it's not being consumed by elves; it's evaporating.

People often use the word evaporate metaphorically because it produces a strong image of something disappearing like vapor. When the economy goes through a rough patch, funding for projects like education and the arts tends to evaporate or disappear. Your feelings for a mate might evaporate after you spend too much time with him or her.

Primary Meanings of evaporate

1.
v
change into a vapor
2.
v
become less intense and fade away gradually
Full Definitions of evaporate
1

v change into a vapor

“The water evaporated in front of our eyes”
Synonyms:
vaporise
vaporise
cause to change into a vapor
Types:
pervaporate
evaporate through a semipermeable membrane
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v cause to change into a vapor

“The chemist evaporated the water”
Synonyms:
vaporise
vaporise
change into a vapor
Types:
pervaporate
cause (a liquid) to evaporate through a semipermeable membrane
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v lose or cause to lose liquid by vaporization leaving a more concentrated residue

evaporate milk”
Synonyms:
vaporise, vaporize
Types:
transpire
exude water vapor
Type of:
change integrity
change in physical make-up
2

v become less intense and fade away gradually

“her hopes evaporated after years of waiting for her fiance”
Synonyms:
disappear, melt
Type of:
weaken
become weaker

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