Definition of dissipate
1 a : to break up and drive off (as a crowd) b : to cause to spread thin or scatter and gradually vanish <one's sympathy is eventually dissipated — Andrew Feinberg> c : to lose (as heat or electricity) 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 soon dissipated> <the team's early momentum has dissipated>
2 : to be extravagant or dissolute in the pursuit of pleasure; especially : to drink to excess
Examples of dissipate in a sentence
The morning sun dissipated the fog.
The fog should dissipate soon.
Origin and Etymology of dissipate
Latin dissipatus, past participle of dissipare, dissupare, from dis- + supare to throw
First Known Use: 15th century
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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