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

    Caravans By Night Harry Hervey
  • It is almost impossible for us to disassociate literature from writing.

    The Book of Old English Ballads George Wharton Edwards
  • In fact, he wanted to disassociate his friend from any pain failure should occasion, and bear all alone the sorrows of defeat.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • They cannot disassociate themselves from this work or pretend that it was done by a separate State.

    The Crime of the Congo Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • No one hearing that long-drawn, quivering wail could ever disassociate it from tragedy.

  • He slammed the great iron door behind him as if he were glad, too, to disassociate himself from King and all foolishness.

  • Socialists are very anxious to disassociate these from the "Proletarian" Sunday-schools which teach atheism.

  • But it is impossible to disassociate the old and well-known ideas respecting the horse of Apollo and the Muses.

British Dictionary definitions for disassociate


a less common word for dissociate
Derived Forms
disassociation, noun
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Word Origin and History for disassociate

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

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