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dissipate

[dis-uh-peyt]
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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.
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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.
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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

Synonyms

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1. See scatter. 3. disappear, vanish.

Antonyms

1, 3. unite.
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  • How much one dissipates is determined for one just as is the shape of your nose or the colour of your eyes.

    Michael

    E. F. Benson

  • It deceives, it decoys, it diverts; it dissipates and breaks up our chain of thought.

    The Sea

    Jules Michelet

  • It establishes no fact, answers no objection, and dissipates no doubt.

  • It is a work that distracts and dissipates, and leads to relaxation of discipline.

    Brother Francis

    Eileen Douglas

  • This dissipates some of the gas and reduces the volume somewhat.

    Science in the Kitchen.

    Mrs. E. E. Kellogg


British Dictionary definitions for dissipates

dissipate

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

Word Origin

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

dissipate

v.

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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