[dis-uh-soh-shee-eyt, -see-]

verb (used with object), dis·as·so·ci·at·ed, dis·as·so·ci·at·ing.

Origin of disassociate

First recorded in 1595–1605; dis-1 + associate
Related formsdis·as·so·ci·a·tion, noun
Can be confuseddisassociate dissociate
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Examples from the Web for disassociate

Contemporary Examples of disassociate

Historical Examples of disassociate

  • It is almost impossible for us to disassociate literature from writing.

    The Book of Old English Ballads

    George Wharton Edwards

  • Most everyone does not disassociate a film player from her shadow.

    Spring Street

    James H. Richardson

  • He had not been able to disassociate himself with everything that recalled the past.

    Fairfax and His Pride

    Marie Van Vorst

  • She had been able to disassociate them only until he stood before her, quick.

    The Gorgeous Isle

    Gertrude Atherton

  • Sweet as this voice was, it irritated him, for he could not disassociate his mother from it.

British Dictionary definitions for disassociate



a less common word for dissociate
Derived Formsdisassociation, 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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