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 A day after President Salva Kiir dissolved the previous government, opposition leader Riek Machar was sworn in as his deputy, an arrangement that twice collapsed in fighting during the conflict that killed nearly 400,000 people. Bloomberg.com, "South Sudan’s Rival Leaders Form Coalition Government," 7 May 2020 Whisk together lemon juice and honey in a bowl until dissolved. Erika Dungan And Kate Merker, Country Living, "Raspberry and Pistachio Semifreddo," 2 May 2020 Add sugar in a medium sauce pot, or sauté pan, over medium heat and dissolve until caramelized. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Escape To The Caribbean With These Soulful Recipes," 29 Apr. 2020 In 1874, the Scotsman newspaper reported that the Edinburgh and Leith Glass Works Company had been dissolved, per the Edinburgh Evening News. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists Unearth Remnants of Lost Scottish Wine-Bottle Glass Factory," 28 Apr. 2020 But sometimes, blood can clot abnormally and not dissolve properly—in that case, the clot can travel through blood vessels in the body up to the brain, heart, or lungs, and cause serious damage by blocking blood flow. Leah Groth, Health.com, "COVID-19 Is Causing Blood Clots and Strokes in Some Patients—but Doctors Don't Know Why," 27 Apr. 2020 More modest small-business companies have complained about the difficulty in getting the loans and the funding quickly dissolved. Dallas News, "Will conservatives backing the coronavirus relief package pay a political price?," 24 Apr. 2020 Representative Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat and a member of the House Judiciary Committee who taught constitutional law, said in an interview that Trump’s idea of ‘‘dissolving an assembly comes out of a dictator’s handbook. Mike Debonis, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump threatens to adjourn Congress to get his nominees but faces obstacles in Senate," 16 Apr. 2020 Water in the disinfectant actually helps break down and dissolve bacteria proteins. Jesse Sparks, Bon Appétit, "What to Know About Shopping and Cooking During Coronavirus," 13 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Stick to standard cuts and the occasional dissolve or fade to express passing of time. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "How to make a 'viral’ video: Coronavirus stinks, but some day you’ll want to remember life under lockdown," 9 Apr. 2020 My impression throughout was that Crain wants to let subject matter dissolve into Jamesian form but knows that the audience for art is well diminished. Jason Farago, The New York Review of Books, "Resistance Is Futile," 8 Apr. 2020 The water needs to be hot or boiling to help the coffee and sugar dissolve. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Dalgona Coffee Recipe: How to Make the Internet’s Favorite, Fluffiest Quarantine Drink," 3 Apr. 2020 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

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

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11 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dissolve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissolve. Accessed 1 Jun. 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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