dissolve

verb
dis·​solve | \ di-ˈzälv How to pronounce dissolve (audio) , -ˈzȯlv How to pronounce dissolve (audio) also -ˈzäv or -ˈzȯv \
dissolved; dissolving; dissolves

Definition of dissolve

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cause to disperse or disappear : destroy do not dissolve and deface the laws of charity— Francis Bacon
b : to separate into component parts : disintegrate dissolved the company into smaller units
c : to bring to an end : terminate the king's power to dissolve parliament their partnership was dissolved
d law : annul dissolve an injunction the marriage was dissolved
2a chemistry : to cause to pass into solution (see solution sense 2b) dissolve sugar in water dissolve a chlorine tablet
b : melt, liquefy The heat will dissolve the chocolate.
c : to cause to be emotionally moved (see move entry 1 sense transitive 5a) She was dissolved in tears.
d : to cause to fade in or out in a dissolve (see dissolve entry 2)
3 archaic : detach, loosen
4 : to clear up : to find a solution, explanation, or answer for dissolve a problem

intransitive verb

1a : to become dissipated (see dissipate sense 1) or decomposed the mist … dissolved as it touched the valleys— Han Suyin
b : break up, disperse The temporary committee will be made to dissolve.
c : to fade away His strength had dissolved.
2a : to become fluid : melt glaciers dissolving into the sea
b chemistry : to pass into solution Salt dissolves in water.
c : to be overcome emotionally He dissolved into tears.
d : to resolve itself as if by dissolution hate dissolved into fear
e : to change by a dissolve The scene dissolves to a Victorian parlor.

dissolve

noun

Definition of dissolve (Entry 2 of 2)

: a gradual superimposing of one motion-picture or television shot upon another on a screen

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Other Words from dissolve

Verb

dissolvable \ di-​ˈzäl-​və-​bəl How to pronounce dissolvable (audio) , -​ˈzȯl-​ \ adjective
dissolvent \ di-​ˈzäl-​vənt How to pronounce dissolvent (audio) , -​ˈzȯl-​ \ noun or adjective
dissolver noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for dissolve

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of dissolve in a Sentence

Verb Dissolve the tablet in water. Hopes for peace dissolved in renewed violence. His kind words dissolved her sadness. The treatment is used to dissolve kidney stones.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Cook until the sugar has dissolved, stir, then remove from the head and stir in the coffee liquor. Pour the espresso mixture into a shallow pan. CBS News, "The Dish: Lidia Bastianich shares Italian recipes from her "Felidia" cookbook," 18 Jan. 2020 To make Pomegranate-Lime Syrup: In small saucepan, combine ¾ cup each sugar and pomegranate juice and simmer, stirring once halfway through, until sugar dissolves, about 12 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Pom-Lime French 75," 6 Jan. 2020 Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (not touching water) and cook, whisking constantly, until sugar is dissolved and whites are very warm to the touch, about 2 minutes. Kate Merker And Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Oatmeal Cream Pies," 6 Jan. 2020 Bring mixture back to a simmer and stir in gelatin-milk mixture and stir until dissolved, about 2 minutes. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Toasted black sesame seeds give this Italian classic a nuttier flavor," 6 Dec. 2019 Add the piloncillo and canela, stir until the piloncillo is dissolved, then let steep overnight at room temperature. Los Angeles Times, "Chichen Itza’s horchata, a master class in simplicity," 14 Aug. 2019 Add the ginger and honey to the tea, stirring gently until the honey is dissolved. M. Carrie Allan, Washington Post, "No alcohol, no problem: How to make complex, balanced zero-proof cocktails," 14 Aug. 2019 Whisk together sugar, water, and heavy cream until sugar is dissolved and no lumps remain. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Fossil Cookies," 5 Aug. 2019 Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook until the sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Herbed Refrigerator Pickles," 5 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Stir everything together until the salt and sugar dissolve. oregonlive, "Thanksgiving turkey: How much to buy, how long to thaw, how to roast," 15 Nov. 2019 Heat on medium until sugar dissolves, stirring. Arrange cucumber spears and dill in 1 (32-oz.) jar; pour warm brine over cucumbers to cover. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Classic Dill Pickles," 29 Aug. 2019 Microwave until mixture is bubbling around edges and gelatin dissolves, 15 to 30 seconds. Washington Post, "This chocolate éclair cake is an instant dessert classic," 1 July 2019 This episode had some great visual moments, like the dissolve of Discovery warping into Stamets' mind gadget. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Season Two Wants You to Forget About Season One," 18 Jan. 2019 Daiquiri #1 Make rich simple syrup: In a pot over medium heat, stir together 1 cup sugar and ½ cup water until sugar dissolves. Do not boil. Kara Newman, WSJ, "Shake Up the Daiquiri for Fall," 27 Sep. 2018 Instead, opt for a chemical exfoliator, like my favorite Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid, which uses gentle acids to dissolves dead skin cells, oils, and gunk from your pores. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Broken Capillaries: How to Get Rid of Them Fast," 18 Apr. 2017 The first half of the novella is largely composed of prose of the Romantic type—heirloom turns of phrase that at length dissolve into something else. Dan Hofstadter, WSJ, "Longing, Violence and Social Rank," 25 May 2018 Watch his practice two days before the big game dissolve into a snowball fight, freshmen-sophomores vs. juniors-seniors. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Alliance of American football coach Rick Neuheisel's deep connections to Tempe, Arizona," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of dissolve

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1916, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dissolve

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Latin dissolvere, from dis- + solvere to loosen — more at solve

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Time Traveler for dissolve

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The first known use of dissolve was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dissolve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissolve. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for dissolve

dissolve

verb
How to pronounce dissolve (audio) How to pronounce dissolve (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dissolve

of something solid : to mix with a liquid and become part of the liquid
formal : to officially end (something, such as a marriage, organization, or agreement)
somewhat formal : to end or disappear or cause (something) to end or disappear

dissolve

verb
dis·​solve | \ di-ˈzälv How to pronounce dissolve (audio) \
dissolved; dissolving

Kids Definition of dissolve

1 : to become part of a liquid Sugar dissolves in water.
2 : to bring to an end : terminate The businessmen dissolved their partnership.
3 : to fade away as if by melting or breaking up His anger quickly dissolved.
4 : to be overcome by a strong feeling He dissolved into tears.

dissolve

verb
dis·​solve | \ diz-ˈälv How to pronounce dissolve (audio) , -ˈȯlv How to pronounce dissolve (audio) \
dissolved; dissolving

Medical Definition of dissolve

transitive verb

1 : to cause to pass into solution dissolve sugar in water
2 : to cause to melt or liquefy

intransitive verb

1 : to become fluid
2 : to pass into solution

Other Words from dissolve

dissolvable \ -​ˈäl-​və-​bəl, -​ˈȯl-​ How to pronounce dissolvable (audio) \ adjective
dissolver noun

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dis·​solve
dissolved; dissolving

Legal Definition of dissolve

: to bring about the dissolution of

Other Words from dissolve

dissolvable adjective

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