verb (used with object), dis·si·pat·ed, dis·si·pat·ing.
verb (used without object), dis·si·pat·ed, dis·si·pat·ing.
Origin of dissipate
Examples from the Web for dissipater
He wasted no love on his neighbor, for love was a dissipater of energy.The Vision of Elijah Berl|Frank Lewis Nason
British Dictionary definitions for dissipater
Word Origin for dissipate
Word Origin and History for dissipater
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.