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Origin of dissipated

First recorded in 1600–10; dissipate + -ed2
Related formsdis·si·pat·ed·ly, adverbdis·si·pa·ted·ness, nounnon·dis·si·pat·ed, adjectivenon·dis·si·pat·ed·ly, adverbnon·dis·si·pat·ed·ness, nounun·dis·si·pat·ed, adjectivewell-dis·si·pat·ed, adjective


verb (used with object), dis·si·pat·ed, dis·si·pat·ing.
  1. to scatter in various directions; disperse; dispel.
  2. 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), dis·si·pat·ed, dis·si·pat·ing.
  1. to become scattered or dispersed; be dispelled; disintegrate: The sun shone and the mist dissipated.
  2. 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 formsdis·si·pat·er, dis·si·pa·tor, noundis·si·pa·tive, adjectivedis·si·pa·tiv·i·ty [dis-uh-puh-tiv-i-tee] /ˌdɪs ə pəˈtɪv ɪ ti/, nounnon·dis·si·pa·tive, adjective

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1. See scatter. 3. disappear, vanish.

Antonyms for dissipate

1, 3. unite.
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  1. indulging without restraint in the pursuit of pleasure; debauched
  2. wasted, scattered, or exhausted
Derived Formsdissipatedly, adverbdissipatedness, noun


  1. to exhaust or be exhausted by dispersion
  2. (tr) to scatter or break up
  3. (intr) to indulge in the pursuit of pleasure
Derived Formsdissipater or dissipator, noundissipative, adjective

Word Origin for dissipate

C15: from Latin dissipāre to disperse, from dis- 1 + supāre to throw
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Word Origin and History for dissipated



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.

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