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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • I did not mind his dissipating my own fortune; the money is nothing to me.

    The Secret House Edgar Wallace
  • Instead of dissipating his anxiety, this experiment does but increase it.

    The Violin George Dubourg
  • A mild breeze had sprung up and was dissipating the fog rapidly while churning the water into cat's paws.

    Commander Lawless V.C. Rolf Bennett
  • You've got some hot material in the water but it's dissipating fast.

    The Thirst Quenchers Rick Raphael
  • In dissipating the allied troops by their threats, they had taken care not to dissipate their own.

  • dissipating his hoards, sacrificing his last chattel, all that was now a blank.

    The Missourian Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  • The Cathedral, much as I admired it, had a bewildering and dissipating effect.

British Dictionary definitions for dissipating


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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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