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[dis-uh-soh-shee-eyt, -see-] /ˌdɪs əˈsoʊ ʃiˌeɪt, -si-/
verb (used with object), disassociated, disassociating.
Origin of disassociate
First recorded in 1595-1605; dis-1 + associate
Related forms
disassociation, noun
Can be confused
disassociate, dissociate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for disassociate
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  • It is almost impossible for us to disassociate literature from writing.

    The Book of Old English Ballads George Wharton Edwards
  • Most everyone does not disassociate a film player from her shadow.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • He had not been able to disassociate himself with everything that recalled the past.

    Fairfax and His Pride Marie Van Vorst
  • She had been able to disassociate them only until he stood before her, quick.

    The Gorgeous Isle

    Gertrude Atherton
  • Sweet as this voice was, it irritated him, for he could not disassociate his mother from it.

  • Yet he could not disassociate her from some hidden, not altogether pleasant, purpose.

    Caravans By Night Harry Hervey
  • Men cannot disassociate themselves either from the past or the future.

    Landholding In England Joseph Fisher
  • We cannot bear to burn the bodies of the dead because we cannot disassociate the body from the soul.

    The Hearts of Men H. Fielding
British Dictionary definitions for disassociate


a less common word for dissociate
Derived Forms
disassociation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for disassociate

c.1600, from dis- + associate (v.). Related: Disassociated; disassociating; disassociation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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