- to sever the association of (oneself); separate: He tried to dissociate himself from the bigotry in his past.
- to subject to dissociation.
- to withdraw from association.
- to undergo dissociation.
Origin of dissociate
Examples from the Web for dissociate
He could mimic printed text with alarming accuracy and dissociate the shapes and lines from their inherent meanings.The Accidental Artist
October 15, 2009
That is, theoretically we may ascribe them to God, but practically we dissociate Him from them.The Conquest of Fear
You have just seen me untie the knot, dissociate the electrons, or what you will.
In a word, animals can invent according to the extent that they can dissociate.Essay on the Creative Imagination
From that lack of confidence he would like at once to dissociate himself.Five Tales
It is true, he has renounced that folly; but it is not so easy to dissociate him from the recollection.Gryll Grange
Thomas Love Peacock
- to break or cause to break the association between (people, organizations, etc)
- (tr) to regard or treat as separate or unconnected
- to undergo or subject to dissociation
Word Origin and History for dissociate
1610s (implied in dissociated), from Latin dissociatus, past participle of dissociare "to separate from companionship, disunite, set at variance," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + sociare "to join," from socius "companion" (see social (adj.)). Attested from 1540s as a past participle adjective meaning "separated."