Simple Definition of dissolve
of something solid : to mix with a liquid and become part of the liquid
: to officially end (something, such as a marriage, organization, or agreement)
: to end or disappear or cause (something) to end or disappear
Full Definition of dissolve
1 a : to cause to disperse or disappear : destroy <do not dissolve and deface the laws of charity — Francis Bacon> b : to separate into component parts : disintegrate c : to bring to an end : terminate <dissolve parliament> d : annul <dissolve an injunction>
4 : to clear up <dissolve a problem>
2 a : to become fluid : melt b : to pass into solution c : to be overcome emotionally <dissolved into tears> d : to resolve itself as if by dissolution <hate dissolved into fear> e : to change by a dissolve <the scene dissolves to a Victorian parlor>
Examples of dissolve in a sentence
Dissolve the tablet in water.
Hopes for peace dissolved in renewed violence.
His kind words dissolved her sadness.
The treatment is used to dissolve kidney stones.
Origin of dissolve
Middle English, from Latin dissolvere, from dis- + solvere to loosen — more at solve
First Known Use: 14th century
Definition of dissolve
: a gradual superimposing of one motion-picture or television shot upon another on a screen
First Known Use of dissolve
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Definition of dissolve for Students
1 : to become part of a liquid <Sugar dissolves in water.>
2 : to bring to an end : terminate <The businessmen dissolved their partnership.>
3 : to fade away as if by melting or breaking up <His anger quickly dissolved.>
4 : to be overcome by a strong feeling <He dissolved into tears.>
Medical Definition of dissolve
transitive verb: to cause to pass into solution <dissolve sugar in water>
2: to cause to melt or liquefy
intransitive verb: to become fluid
2: to pass into solution
Legal Definition of dissolve
: to bring about the dissolution of
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