dissipate


dis·si·pate

verb \ˈdi-sə-ˌpāt\

: to cause (something) to spread out and disappear

: to separate into parts and disappear or go away

: to use all or a lot of (something, such as money or time) in a foolish way

dis·si·pat·eddis·si·pat·ing

Full Definition of DISSIPATE

transitive verb
1
a :  to break up and drive off (as a crowd)
b :  to cause to spread thin or scatter and gradually vanish <one's sympathy is eventually dissipated — Andrew Feinberg>
c :  to lose (as heat or electricity) irrecoverably
2
:  to spend or use up wastefully or foolishly <dissipated the family fortune in reckless business ventures>
intransitive verb
1
:  to break up and scatter or vanish <the clouds soon dissipated> <the team's early momentum has dissipated>
2
:  to be extravagant or dissolute in the pursuit of pleasure; especially :  to drink to excess
dis·si·pat·er noun

Examples of DISSIPATE

  1. The morning sun dissipated the fog.
  2. The fog should dissipate soon.

Origin of DISSIPATE

Latin dissipatus, past participle of dissipare, dissupare, from dis- + supare to throw
First Known Use: 15th century

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