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dissipate

verb

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to cause (members of a group) to move widely apart
  • dissipated the enemy forces with unremitting artillery fire

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2 to use up carelessly
  • dissipated the family fortune in reckless business ventures

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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

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dissipate

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of dissipate (Entry 2 of 2)

as in spender, profligate

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How does the verb dissipate differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of dissipate are dispel, disperse, and scatter. While all these words mean "to cause to separate or break up," dissipate stresses complete disintegration or dissolution and final disappearance.

the fog was dissipated by the morning sun

When could dispel be used to replace dissipate?

In some situations, the words dispel and dissipate are roughly equivalent. However, dispel stresses a driving away or getting rid of as if by scattering.

an authoritative statement that dispelled all doubt

When might disperse be a better fit than dissipate?

The synonyms disperse and dissipate are sometimes interchangeable, but disperse implies a wider separation and a complete breaking up of a mass or group.

police dispersed the crowd

When can scatter be used instead of dissipate?

While the synonyms scatter and dissipate are close in meaning, scatter implies a force that drives parts or units irregularly in many directions.

the bowling ball scattered the pins

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The first known use of dissipate was in the 15th century

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“Dissipate.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/dissipate. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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