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verb (used without object), dis·ser·tat·ed, dis·ser·tat·ing.
  1. 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
Related formsdis·ser·ta·tor, noun
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Historical Examples

  • “Whom,” not what—a person, not a system; we “proclaim,” not we argue or dissertate about.

    The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon

    Alexander Maclaren

  • The Greek sought after wisdom; he wanted a man who would perorate and argue and dissertate.

British Dictionary definitions for dissertate


  1. (intr) rare to give or make a dissertation
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Derived Formsdissertator, noun

Word Origin

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