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[vol-uh-tl-ahyz] /ˈvɒl ə tlˌaɪz/
verb (used without object), volatilized, volatilizing.
to become volatile; pass off as vapor.
verb (used with object), volatilized, volatilizing.
to make volatile; cause to pass off as vapor.
Origin of volatilize
1650-60; volatile + -ize
Related forms
volatilizable, adjective
volatilization, noun
volatilizer, noun
nonvolatilizable, adjective
nonvolatilized, adjective
unvolatilized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for volatilize
  • The remaining sample should be placed in a sealable bag and staged in an area where the sample can volatilize.
  • Coal, or to a lesser extent oil, was burned to volatilize the desired gas fuel.
  • However, some of these compounds may volatilize more quickly than they will bind to organic matter.
  • Each of these plant oils is a complex mixture of chemicals that volatilize and enter the air easily.
  • It does not volatilize from water nor adsorb to sediment or suspended particles.
British Dictionary definitions for volatilize


to change or cause to change from a solid or liquid to a vapour
Derived Forms
volatilizable, volatilisable, adjective
volatilization, volatilisation, noun
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