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.

Definitions of evaporate
  1. verb
    change into a vapor
    “The water evaporated in front of our eyes”
    synonyms: vaporise
    vaporise
    cause to change into a vapor
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    types:
    pervaporate
    evaporate through a semipermeable membrane
    type of:
    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  2. verb
    cause to change into a vapor
    “The chemist evaporated the water”
    synonyms: vaporise
    vaporise
    change into a vapor
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    types:
    pervaporate
    cause (a liquid) to evaporate through a semipermeable membrane
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  3. verb
    lose or cause to lose liquid by vaporization leaving a more concentrated residue
    evaporate milk”
    synonyms: vaporise, vaporize
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    types:
    transpire
    exude water vapor
    type of:
    change integrity
    change in physical make-up
  4. verb
    become less intense and fade away gradually
    “her hopes evaporated after years of waiting for her fiance”
    synonyms: disappear, melt
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    type of:
    weaken
    become weaker
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