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dissertate

[ dis-er-teyt ]
/ ˈdɪs ərˌteɪt /
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verb (used without object), dis·ser·tat·ed, dis·ser·tat·ing.

to discuss a subject fully and learnedly; discourse.

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Origin of dissertate

First recorded in 1760–70; probably back formation from dissertation

OTHER WORDS FROM dissertate

dis·ser·ta·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dissertate

dissertate
/ (ˈdɪsəˌteɪt) /

verb

(intr) rare to give or make a dissertation

Derived forms of dissertate

dissertator, noun

Word Origin for dissertate

C18: from Latin dissertāre to debate, from disserere to examine, from dis- 1 + serere to arrange
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