[ 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 dissertatedis·ser·ta·tor, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for dissertate
The Greek sought after wisdom; he wanted a man who would perorate and argue and dissertate.
“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
British Dictionary definitions for dissertate
/ (ˈdɪsəˌteɪt) /
(intr) rare to give or make a dissertation
Derived forms of dissertatedissertator, 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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