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dissipate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of dissipate

  1. 1 to cause (members of a group) to move widely apart dissipated the enemy forces with unremitting artillery fire Synonyms of dissipate clear out, disband, dispel, disperse, scatter, squanderWords Related to dissipate break up, isolate, part, segregate, separate, split (up); diffuse, disseminate, diverge, spreadNear Antonyms of dissipate agglutinate, conglomerate; unify, uniteAntonyms of dissipate assemble, cluster, collect, concentrate, congregate, gather, ingather

  2. 2 to use up carelessly dissipated the family fortune in reckless business ventures Synonyms of dissipate blow, waste, fiddle away, fritter (away), lavish, lose, misspend, run through, spend, squander, throw away, trifle (away)Words Related to dissipate splurge; consume, deplete, exhaust, impoverish, overspend, shoot; indulge, overindulge; disburse, expend, lay outNear Antonyms of dissipate economize, scrimp, skimp; preserve, protect, save; hoard, lay upAntonyms of dissipate conserve

  3. 3 to go off in different directions and cease to exist as a body or unified whole the fog should dissipate once the sun comes out in full force Synonyms of dissipate disassemble, disperse, dissolve, scatterWords Related to dissipate branch (out), break up, disband, diverge, divide, fork, separate, spill; clear, disappear, evanesce, evaporate, fade, flee, go (away), meltNear Antonyms of dissipate congregate, gather, meet

Synonym Discussion of dissipate

scatter, disperse, dissipate, dispel mean to cause to separate or break up. scatter implies a force that drives parts or units irregularly in many directions.
    • the bowling ball scattered the pins
disperse implies a wider separation and a complete breaking up of a mass or group.
    • police dispersed the crowd
dissipate stresses complete disintegration or dissolution and final disappearance.
    • the fog was dissipated by the morning sun
dispel stresses a driving away or getting rid of as if by scattering.
    • an authoritative statement that dispelled all doubt


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