- 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 dissipating
This fear, while still evident in some areas, appears to be dissipating.Women Are Leading the Way for Legalized Weed
December 4, 2014
If this were just about Planned Parenthood or yet another battle over abortion, the outrage would be dissipating.Komen Incites Women’s ‘Tahrir Square Moment’
February 6, 2012
The momentum that both sides had developed for peace was dissipating rapidly.Memo to Hillary: Remember Bill's Mideast Bungle
January 13, 2009
The scene steadied; the whiteness was dissipating like mist in summer.Pygmalion's Spectacles
Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
Over us, the barrage curtain was dissipating, sight and sound coming in to us.Wandl the Invader
Raymond King Cummings
The last word had been that the two had grounded and that the weather front was dissipating.Attrition
I did not mind his dissipating my own fortune; the money is nothing to me.The Secret House
"Dissipating hard, I suppose you mean," said the doctor with a smile.The Threatening Eye
Edward Frederick Knight
- 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 dissipating
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.