: to cause to disperse or disappear : destroy
- do not dissolve and deface the laws of charity
- —Francis Bacon
: to separate into component parts : disintegrate
- dissolved the company into smaller units
: to bring to an end : terminate
- the king's power to dissolve parliament
- their partnership was dissolved
- the marriage was dissolved
: to cause to pass into solution (see solution 2b)
- dissolve a chlorine tablet
: melt, liquefy
- The heat will dissolve the chocolate.
: to cause to be emotionally moved (see 1move transitive 5a)
- She was dissolved in tears.
: to cause to fade in or out in a dissolve (see 2dissolve)
: to clear up : to find a solution, explanation, or answer for
: to become dissipated (see dissipate 1) or decomposed
- the mist … dissolved as it touched the valleys
- —Han Suyin
: to fade away
- His strength had dissolved.
: to become fluid : melt
- glaciers dissolving into the sea
: to pass into solution
: to be overcome emotionally
: to resolve itself as if by dissolution
: to change by a dissolve
- The scene dissolves to a Victorian parlor.
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