Definition of dissipate
1a : to break up and drive off dissipate a crowdb : to cause to spread thin or scatter and gradually vanish one's sympathy is eventually dissipated — Andrew Feinbergc 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
The morning sun dissipated the fog.
The fog should dissipate soon.
Recent Examples of dissipate from the Web
But the whiff of scandal might not dissipate so quickly, as much as the university wants to click its heels and make … it … stop.
That, in fact, is part of its pleasure — the sense of noise and frantic activity recently dissipated, the peace of a classroom just emptied.
Aided by the imposition of martial law, the unrest dissipated.
Consequently, the need for consumer protections specific to watch purchases has dissipated.
After remnant clouds dissipate, Saturday promises to be pleasant, with emerging sunshine boosting temperatures to seasonable levels.
Taking his cue from chaos theory, Hoffman believes the right jolt of energy can knock a hurricane off course or even dissipate it before landfall.
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Origin and Etymology of dissipate
Latin dissipatus, past participle of dissipare, dissupare, from dis- + supare to throw
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of dissipate
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
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
dissipation\ˌdi-sə-ˈpā-shən\ play noun
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