[ 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.
Words nearby dissipate
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
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Examples from the Web for dissipative
In practice the vibrations of a system are more or less affected by dissipative forces.
Modest and brave men have looked on low-bosomed women in the glitter of dissipative lights with the same feeling.The Bishop of Cottontown|John Trotwood Moore
British Dictionary definitions for dissipative
/ (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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