verb dis·si·pate \ ˈdi-sə-ˌpāt \
|Updated on: 6 Aug 2018

Definition of dissipate

dissipated; dissipating
1 a : 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
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



Examples of dissipate in a Sentence

  1. The morning sun dissipated the fog.

  2. The fog should dissipate soon.

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Origin and Etymology of dissipate

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

dissipate Synonyms




play ducks and drakes with (or make ducks and drakes of);

Synonym Discussion of dissipate

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

DISSIPATE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of dissipate for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


verb dis·si·pate \ ˈdi-sə-ˌpāt \

Definition of dissipate for Students

dissipated; dissipating
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.

Law Dictionary


transitive verb dis·si·pate \ ˈdi-sə-ˌpāt \

legal Definition of dissipate

dissipated; dissipating
: 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


play \ˌdi-sə-ˈpā-shən\ noun

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