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

dematerialize, disappear, evanesce, evaporate, fade, flee, fly, melt, sink, vanish

Antonyms: Verb

appear, materialize

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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

The matter was eventually settled when the foundation agreed to dissolve. Fox News, "Trump accuses Cuomo of using AG to harass his businesses: ‘Witch Hunt’," 2 July 2019 That's after the school board voted unanimously July 1 to order the district to dissolve. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Palmyra-Eagle School Board has taken the next step toward dissolving the school district," 2 July 2019 Low urine volume is a major risk factor for kidney stone formation, because less fluid to dissolve urinary salts means more concentrated urine. Marcos Del Rosario-santiago, chicagotribune.com, "Doctors say summer is kidney-stone season. Here’s what you should know.," 1 July 2019 Bring to a boil, stirring consistently to dissolve agar agar powder. NBC News, "A light and refreshing summer dessert: Vegan Panna Cotta," 23 June 2019 In a bowl, whisk together vinegar and honey to dissolve. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Nectarine Bruschetta," 7 June 2019 When ready to serve, fill each mason jar with ice, cover, and shake to dissolve sugar, then top with club soda. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Mason Jar Citrus Coolers," 20 May 2019 Bring to a rapid boil, stirring to dissolve the salt. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "This Is the Best Restaurant in America," 10 May 2019 Exfoliate two or three times a week to dissolve dead skin. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Get Rid of Blackheads on Your Nose, Chin and Forehead," 28 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 At one point, the three dissolve into laughter when the complex intricacy gets the better of them. Karen Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Ballet’s John Lam is set to soar in dances from Balanchine to Bournonville," 10 May 2018 Cook while stirring constantly until sugar dissolves and turns golden brown. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Where to pick peaches in Central Florida," 16 Apr. 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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dissolve

verb

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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dissolve

transitive verb
dis·​solve
dissolved; dissolving

Legal Definition of dissolve

: to bring about the dissolution of

Other Words from dissolve

dissolvable adjective

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