US: /ˈvɑɫətəɫ/
UK: /vˈɒlɐtˌa‍ɪl/

English Vietnamese dictionary

volatile /'vɔlətail/
  • tính từ
    • (hoá học) dễ bay hơi
      • volatile substance: chất dễ bay hơi
    • không kiên định, hay thay đổi; nhẹ dạ
      • of a volatile character: có tính nhẹ dạ
    • vui vẻ, hoạt bát

Advanced English dictionary

+ adjective
1 (often disapproving) (of a person or their moods) changing easily from one mood to another: a highly volatile personality
2 (of a situation) likely to change suddenly; easily becoming dangerous: a highly volatile situation from which riots might develop + a volatile exchange rate
3 (technical) (of a substance) that changes quickly into a gas: Petrol is a volatile substance.
volatility noun [U]

Thesaurus dictionary

1 vaporizing, evaporable, evaporative:
A volatile solvent, which evaporates quickly, is the vehicle for thermosetting plastics.
2 changeable, fickle, flighty, inconstant, erratic, restless, unstable, variable, mercurial, capricious:
She was so volatile that one could never predict what she would do next.
3 explosive, hair-trigger, sensitive, charged, eruptive, tense, tension-ridden:
Be careful of Christine's volatile temper.

Collocation dictionary

1 that can easily change


be | become | remain


dangerously, extremely, highly, very
Edwards was a dangerously volatile character.
| increasingly | fairly, quite, rather, somewhat | potentially
a potentially volatile situation
| notoriously | politically

2 that can easily change into a gas


be | become | remain


highly, very
a highly volatile liquid

Concise English dictionary

volatiles'vɑlətl /'vɒlətaɪl
+a volatile substance; a substance that changes readily from solid or liquid to a vapor
+evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures
+liable to lead to sudden change or violence
+marked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments
+tending to vary often or widely