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dissolve

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verb dis·solve \di-ˈzälv, -ˈzȯlv also -ˈzäv or -ˈzȯv\

Definition of dissolve

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to cause to disperse or disappear :  destroy do not dissolve and deface the laws of charity — Francis Baconb :  to separate into component parts :  disintegrate dissolved the company into smaller unitsc :  to bring to an end :  terminate the king's power to dissolve parliament their partnership was dissolvedd law :  annul dissolve an injunction the marriage was dissolved

  3. 2a chemistry :  to cause to pass into solution (see solution 2b) dissolve sugar in water dissolve a chlorine tabletb :  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)

  4. 3 archaic :  detach, loosen

  5. 4 :  to clear up :  to find a solution, explanation, or answer for dissolve a problem

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1a :  to become dissipated (see dissipate 1) or decomposed the mist … dissolved as it touched the valleys — Han Suyinb :  break up, disperse The temporary committee will be made to dissolve.c :  to fade away His strength had dissolved.

  8. 2a :  to become fluid :  melt glaciers dissolving into the seab 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 feare :  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


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dissolve

noun dis·solve

Definition of dissolve

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

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Origin and Etymology of dissolve

see 1dissolve

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DISSOLVE Defined for English Language Learners

dissolve

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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

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verb dis·solve \di-ˈzälv\

Definition of dissolve for Students

dissolved

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dissolving

  1. 1 :  to become part of a liquid Sugar dissolves in water.

  2. 2 :  to bring to an end :  terminate The businessmen dissolved their partnership.

  3. 3 :  to fade away as if by melting or breaking up His anger quickly dissolved.

  4. 4 :  to be overcome by a strong feeling He dissolved into tears.


Medical Dictionary

dissolve

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verb dis·solve \diz-ˈälv, -ˈȯlv\

Medical Definition of dissolve

dissolved

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dissolving

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to cause to pass into solution dissolve sugar in water

  4. 2:  to cause to melt or liquefy

  5. 1

  6. intransitive verb

  7. :  to become fluid

  8. 2:  to pass into solution

dissolvable

\-ˈäl-və-bəl, -ˈȯl-\play adjective

dissolver

noun

Law Dictionary

dissolve

transitive verb dis·solve

Legal Definition of dissolve

dissolved

dissolving

  1. :  to bring about the dissolution of

dissolvable

adjective


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