dissociate

verb
dis·​so·​ci·​ate | \ (ˌ)di-ˈsō-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce dissociate (audio) , -sē- \
dissociated; dissociating

Definition of dissociate

transitive verb

1 : to separate from association or union with another attempts to dissociate herself from her past
2 : disunite specifically : to subject to chemical dissociation

intransitive verb

1 : to undergo dissociation
2 : to mutate especially reversibly

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Dissociate and its synonym disassociate can both mean "to separate from association or union with another." Associate is from Latin ad-, meaning "to," and sociare, meaning "to join." Dis- in this case means "do the opposite of," so both dissociate and disassociate indicate severing that which is united. Some commentators, however, argue that disassociate is illogical because it indicates separating and uniting simultaneously. Dissociate is slightly older, appearing in the late 16th century, whereas early evidence of disassociate is found in the beginning decade of the next century. Dissociate is recommended by a number of commentators on the basis that it is shorter, which it is by a grand total of two letters—not the firmest ground for an endorsement. Both words are in current good use, but disassociate is used more often in the U.S.

Examples of dissociate in a Sentence

The director has tried to dissociate himself from his earlier films. Why is the organization choosing to dissociate itself from its founder?
Recent Examples on the Web Read more Ed Lab: Alabama school board association to vote to dissociate from national group after terrorism memo. Rebecca Griesbach | Rgriesbach@al.com, al, 6 Dec. 2021 Facebook needs a new name to describe better what the company is doing and dissociate itself from the Facebook toxicity. Chris Smith, BGR, 29 Oct. 2021 Company executives hope that a newer focus on the metaverse, and the suite of hardware products that accompanies it, could give policymakers a chance to dissociate the company from the woes of social media and see Facebook in a less negative light. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2021 McAfee’s company in 2011 for $7.68 billion, for a time sought to dissociate the brand from its controversial founder by folding it into its larger cybersecurity division. John Mcafee, Fortune, 24 June 2021 California chipmaker Intel, which bought McAfee's company in 2011 for $7.68 billion, for a time sought to dissociate the brand from its controversial founder by folding it into its larger cybersecurity division. Aritz Parra, Star Tribune, 23 June 2021 My only escape was to dissociate and pretend the abuse was not really happening. Justin Fenton, baltimoresun.com, 9 Aug. 2021 These star clusters typically live only a short while, then dissociate, and the stars get randomly distributed throughout the galaxy. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 10 June 2021 The change, which comes two years after John Marshall Law School merged with UIC to establish the first public law school in Chicago, is meant to dissociate the school from the worst parts of Marshall's biography. Star Tribune, 27 May 2021

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First Known Use of dissociate

1582, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for dissociate

Latin dissociatus, past participle of dissociare, from dis- + sociare to join, from socius companion — more at social

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“Dissociate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissociate. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for dissociate

dissociate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dissociate

: to end your relationship with or connection to someone or something : to separate (yourself) from someone or something

dissociate

verb
dis·​so·​ci·​ate | \ (ˈ)dis-ˈō-s(h)ē-ˌāt How to pronounce dissociate (audio) \
dissociated; dissociating

Medical Definition of dissociate

transitive verb

: to subject to chemical dissociation

intransitive verb

1 : to undergo dissociation
2 : to mutate especially reversibly

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