dis·​si·​pat·​ed ˈdi-sə-ˌpā-təd How to pronounce dissipated (audio)
: given to or marked by dissipation : dissolute
dissipatedly adverb
dissipatedness noun

Example Sentences

the dissipated and drunken son of the wealthiest man in the county
Recent Examples on the Web Doctors deal each day with tales of the worried, sullen, skeptical, dissipated, desperate. Michael Stein, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Nov. 2022 White’s dissipated dark side was no secret to his friends. Nancy Bilyeau, Town & Country, 1 Feb. 2022 The break is so complete that there was little left to tell, just a few years in which Capote becomes a dissipated caricature of himself on the way to a lonely and pitiful death. al, 11 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1744, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dissipated was in 1744

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“Dissipated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissipated. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


: affected by or showing the effects of dissipation : dissolute
dissipatedly adverb
dissipatedness noun

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