[ dis-uh-peyt ]
/ ˈdɪs əˌpeɪt /
verb (used with object), dis·si·pat·ed, dis·si·pat·ing.
to scatter in various directions; disperse; dispel.
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.
to become scattered or dispersed; be dispelled; disintegrate: The sun shone and the mist dissipated.
to indulge in extravagant, intemperate, or dissolute pleasure.
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Origin of dissipate
1525–35; < Latin dissipātus (past participle of dissipāre, dissupāre to scatter); see -ate1
SYNONYMS FOR dissipate
1 See scatter.
3 disappear, vanish.
OTHER WORDS FROM dissipatedis·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
Words nearby dissipate
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Example sentences 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
/ (ˈdɪsɪˌpeɪt) /
to exhaust or be exhausted by dispersion
(tr) to scatter or break up
(intr) to indulge in the pursuit of pleasure
Derived forms of dissipatedissipater or dissipator, noundissipative, adjective
Word Origin for dissipate
C15: from Latin dissipāre to disperse, from dis- 1 + supāre to throw
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