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[dih-soh-shee-eyt, -see-]
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verb (used with object), dis·so·ci·at·ed, dis·so·ci·at·ing.
  1. to sever the association of (oneself); separate: He tried to dissociate himself from the bigotry in his past.
  2. to subject to dissociation.
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verb (used without object), dis·so·ci·at·ed, dis·so·ci·at·ing.
  1. to withdraw from association.
  2. to undergo dissociation.
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Origin of dissociate

1605–15; dis-1 + (as)sociate, modeled on Latin dissociātus, past participle of dissociāre to divide, sever
Related formsdis·so·ci·a·tive, adjective
Can be confuseddisassociate dissociate
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  1. to break or cause to break the association between (people, organizations, etc)
  2. (tr) to regard or treat as separate or unconnected
  3. to undergo or subject to dissociation
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Derived Formsdissociative, adjective
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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."

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