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dissolve

verb dis·solve \ di-ˈzälv , -ˈzȯlv also -ˈzäv or -ˈzȯv \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of dissolve

transitive verb
1 a :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
2 a chemistry :to cause to pass into solution (see solution 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 1move transitive 5a)
  • She was dissolved in tears.
d :to cause to fade in or out in a dissolve (see 2dissolve)
3 archaic :detach, loosen
4 :to clear up :to find a solution, explanation, or answer for
  • dissolve a problem
intransitive verb
1 a :to become dissipated (see dissipate 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.
2 a :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.

dissolvable

play \-ˈzäl-və-bəl, -ˈzȯl-\ adjective

dissolvent

play \-ˈzäl-vənt, -ˈzȯl-\ noun or adjective

dissolver

noun

Examples of dissolve in a Sentence

  1. Dissolve the tablet in water.

  2. Hopes for peace dissolved in renewed violence.

  3. His kind words dissolved her sadness.

  4. The treatment is used to dissolve kidney stones.

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Origin and Etymology of dissolve

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

dissolve Synonyms

Synonyms
dematerialize, disappear, evanesce, evaporate, fade, flee, fly, go (away), melt, sink, vanish
Antonyms
appear, materialize
Related Words
blank (out), clear, die (away or down or out), disperse, dissipate, disappear, dry up; blur, dim
Near Antonyms
arrive, break out, come out, emerge, issue, loom, show up

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dissolve

noun

Definition of dissolve

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

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Origin and Etymology of dissolve

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DISSOLVE Defined for English Language Learners

dissolve

verb

Definition of dissolve for English Language Learners

  • of something solid : to mix with a liquid and become part of the liquid

  • : to officially end (something, such as a marriage, organization, or agreement)

  • : to end or disappear or cause (something) to end or disappear


DISSOLVE Defined for Kids

dissolve

verb dis·solve \ di-ˈzälv \

Definition of dissolve for Students

dissolved; dissolving
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.

Medical Dictionary

dissolve

verb dis·solve \ diz-ˈälv , -ˈȯlv \

medical Definition of dissolve

dissolved; dissolving
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

dissolvable

play \-ˈäl-və-bəl, -ˈȯl-\ adjective

dissolver

noun

Law Dictionary

dissolve

transitive verb dis·solve

legal Definition of dissolve

dissolved; dissolving
:to bring about the dissolution of

dissolvable

adjective


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