dissipate

verb
dis·​si·​pate | \ ˈdi-sə-ˌpāt How to pronounce dissipate (audio) \
dissipated; dissipating

Definition of dissipate

transitive verb

1a : to break up and drive off dissipate a crowd
b : to cause to spread thin or scatter and gradually vanish one's sympathy is eventually dissipated— Andrew Feinberg
c physics : to lose (heat, electricity, etc.) 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 dissipated and the sun came out. The team's early momentum has dissipated.
2 : to be extravagant or dissolute in the pursuit of pleasure especially : to drink to excess his extended dissipating of the night before

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Other Words from dissipate

dissipater noun

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scatter, disperse, dissipate, dispel mean to cause to separate or break up. scatter implies a force that drives parts or units irregularly in many directions. the bowling ball scattered the pins disperse implies a wider separation and a complete breaking up of a mass or group. police dispersed the crowd dissipate stresses complete disintegration or dissolution and final disappearance. the fog was dissipated by the morning sun dispel stresses a driving away or getting rid of as if by scattering. an authoritative statement that dispelled all doubt

Examples of dissipate in a Sentence

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

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The guardedness that once existed in men’s styling is dissipating; for Fall, see the brash futurism of Yoon Ahn’s Ambush, even the psychedelic ski theme at Dsquared2, and of course, Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton. Vogue, "Vogue Runway’s Critics Weigh In on the Fall 2019 Menswear Collections—And the Seismic Shifts Changing the Business," 22 Jan. 2019 That cloud of internet ignorance seems to be dissipating, though. Emma Grey Ellis And Justice Namaste, WIRED, "Canceling Roseanne Wasn't About Conviction—It Was About Capital," 30 May 2018 Those effects also quickly dissipated, with bacteria back to safe levels within three days, according to the report. Anchorage Daily News, "Disaster sent raw sewage into Puget Sound. Surprisingly, the water quality was barely affected.," 28 Feb. 2018 All of the Kansas City-metro area is under a hazardous weather outlook as of 7:15 p.m. Storms are expected to dissipate later this evening. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Hail storm moves through the Plaza and Brookside, causing hundreds of power outages," 29 May 2018 The inexorable Messi carved his slicing run through a dissipating defence, prodding it through to Philippe Coutinho. who selflessly set up Suarez for his second of the night. SI.com, "Barcelona 6-1 Girona: Messi Masterclass Gives Barca Easy Victory to Put Pressure on Chasing Atletico," 24 Feb. 2018 New Orleans was in control for just about the entire first half, but their ball movement dissipated in the third quarter and allowed Atlanta (13-31) back into the game. William Guillory, NOLA.com, "Anthony Davis held to 8 points, Pelicans' win streak ends in loss to Hawks: Final stats," 17 Jan. 2018 The new source was preventing the chemical from dissipating on schedule. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Sources of banned CFCs found through their advertising," 9 July 2018 The wider, deeper bowls tapering up to a slightly more narrow rim provide ample room for the champagne's aromas to unfurl while also directing them up into the nose instead of dissipating them out in to the air. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Brut Champagne," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of dissipate

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for dissipate

Latin dissipatus, past participle of dissipare, dissupare, from dis- + supare to throw

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dissipate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dissipate

formal
: 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

dissipate

verb
dis·​si·​pate | \ ˈdi-sə-ˌpāt How to pronounce dissipate (audio) \
dissipated; dissipating

Kids Definition of dissipate

1 : to cause to break up and disappear: disperse The wind dissipated the clouds.
2 : to scatter or waste foolishly : squander He dissipated his saved allowance.

dissipate

transitive verb
dis·​si·​pate | \ ˈdi-sə-ˌpāt How to pronounce dissipate (audio) \
dissipated; dissipating

Legal Definition of dissipate

: to use (marital assets) for one's own benefit and to the exclusion of one's spouse for a purpose unrelated to the marriage at a time when the marriage is undergoing an irretrievable breakdown

Other Words from dissipate

dissipation \ ˌdi-​sə-​ˈpā-​shən How to pronounce dissipation (audio) \ noun

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