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[dis-uh-peyt] /ˈdɪs əˌpeɪt/
verb (used with object), dissipated, dissipating.
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.
verb (used without object), dissipated, dissipating.
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
1525-35; < Latin dissipātus (past participle of dissipāre, dissupāre to scatter); see -ate1
Related forms
dissipater, dissipator, noun
dissipative, adjective
[dis-uh-puh-tiv-i-tee] /ˌdɪs ə pəˈtɪv ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
nondissipative, adjective
1. See scatter. 3. disappear, vanish.
1, 3. unite. Unabridged
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  • Every stop of a train going thirty miles per hour dissipates energy enough to have carried it two miles along a level road.

  • It is a work that distracts and dissipates, and leads to relaxation of discipline.

    Brother Francis Eileen Douglas
  • 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
  • This dissipates some of the gas and reduces the volume somewhat.

    Science in the Kitchen. Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
  • It is not I who ruin thy religion, but He who is in Heaven who confounds thy counsel and dissipates thy lies.

  • What a little thing subverts my peace,--dissipates my resolutions!

    Jane Talbot Charles Brockden Brown
  • But, at any rate, here is a fact, a tangible occurrence which dissipates my terrible doubts regarding my mental soundness.

    The Inferno August Strindberg
  • Agni dissipates darkness, warms mankind, and cooks his food; it is the benefactor and the protector of the house.

British Dictionary definitions for dissipates


to exhaust or be exhausted by dispersion
(transitive) to scatter or break up
(intransitive) to indulge in the pursuit of pleasure
Derived Forms
dissipater, dissipator, noun
dissipative, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dissipāre to disperse, from dis-1 + supāre to throw
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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