Definition of dissociate
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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 of dissociate from the Web
His cheek bone was completely shattered in multiple pieces and completely dissociated from the skull.
Do not dissociate the actual craft from the act of leadership.
A Twitter account for CBS News as well as one for the network’s Boston station dissociated themselves from Mr. Leavitt on the night of the Manchester terrorist attack.
Trademark law, long bound by notions of physical space and dissociated markets, is careening ass-first into cyberspace, which erases both.
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Did You Know?
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- means "do the opposite of." So both "dissociate" and "disassociate" indicate severing that which is united, but some commentators argue that "disassociate" is illogical because it indicates separating and uniting simultaneously. "Dissociate" is slightly older, dating from 1582; "disassociate" dates from 1603. "Dissociate" is recommended by a number of commentators on the ground 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.
Origin and Etymology of dissociate
Latin dissociatus, past participle of dissociare, from dis- + sociare to join, from socius companion — more at social
First Known Use: 1582
DISSOCIATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dissociate for English Language Learners
: to end your relationship with or connection to someone or something : to separate (yourself) from someone or something
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