- to scatter in various directions; disperse; dispel.
- to spend or use wastefully or extravagantly; squander; deplete: to dissipate one's talents; to dissipate a fortune on high living.
- to become scattered or dispersed; be dispelled; disintegrate: The sun shone and the mist dissipated.
- to indulge in extravagant, intemperate, or dissolute pleasure.
Origin of dissipate
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Examples from the Web for dissipates
It is out for all to smell and the bank hopes the “cloud” dissipates quickly, maybe while the markets worry about Eygpt.JPMorgan and Madoff: Will the Scandal Sink Jamie Dimon?
Allan Dodds Frank
February 3, 2011
Until it dissipates or is somehow pushed aside, relations between the U.S. and Iran are unlikely to improve.Time to Get Over the Iran Hostage Crisis
January 19, 2011
How much one dissipates is determined for one just as is the shape of your nose or the colour of your eyes.Michael
E. F. Benson
It deceives, it decoys, it diverts; it dissipates and breaks up our chain of thought.The Sea
It establishes no fact, answers no objection, and dissipates no doubt.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 4 (of 12)
Robert G. Ingersoll
It is a work that distracts and dissipates, and leads to relaxation of discipline.Brother Francis
This dissipates some of the gas and reduces the volume somewhat.Science in the Kitchen.</p>
Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
- to exhaust or be exhausted by dispersion
- (tr) to scatter or break up
- (intr) to indulge in the pursuit of pleasure
Word Origin and History for dissipates
early 15c., from Latin dissipatus, past participle of dissipare "to spread abroad, scatter, disperse; squander, disintegrate," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + supare "to throw, scatter," from PIE *swep- "to throw, sling, cast" (cf. Lithuanian supu "to swing, rock," Old Church Slavonic supo "to strew"). Related: Dissipated; dissipates; dissipating.