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verb (used with object), dis·solved, dis·solv·ing.
  1. to make a solution of, as by mixing with a liquid; pass into solution: to dissolve salt in water.
  2. to melt; liquefy: to dissolve sugar into syrup.
  3. to undo (a tie or bond); break up (a connection, union, etc.).
  4. to break up (an assembly or organization); dismiss; disperse.
  5. Government. to order the termination of (a parliament or other legislative body).
  6. to bring to an end; terminate; destroy: to dissolve one's hopes.
  7. to separate into parts or elements; disintegrate.
  8. to destroy the binding power or influence of: to dissolve a spell.
  9. Law. to deprive of force; abrogate; annul: to dissolve a marriage.
verb (used without object), dis·solved, dis·solv·ing.
  1. to become dissolved, as in a solvent.
  2. to become melted or liquefied.
  3. to disintegrate, break up, or disperse.
  4. to lose force, intensity, or strength.
  5. to disappear gradually; fade away.
  6. to break down emotionally; lose one's composure: The poor child dissolved in tears.
  7. Movies, Television. to fade out one shot or scene while simultaneously fading in the next, overlapping the two during the process.
  1. Also called lap dissolve, cross-dissolve. Movies, Television. a transition from one scene to the next made by dissolving.

Origin of dissolve

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin dissolvere, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + solvere to solve
Related formsdis·solv·a·bil·i·ty, dis·solv·a·ble·ness, noundis·solv·a·ble, adjectivedis·solv·er, noundis·solv·ing·ly, adverbnon·dis·solv·ing, adjectivepre·dis·solve, verb (used with object), pre·dis·solved, pre·dis·solv·ing.re·dis·solve, verb, re·dis·solved, re·dis·solv·ing.self-dis·solved, adjectiveun·dis·solv·a·ble, adjectiveun·dis·solved, adjectiveun·dis·solv·ing, adjective

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1. See melt1. 3. sever, loosen. 5. adjourn.
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  1. to go or cause to go into solutionsalt dissolves in water; water dissolves sugar
  2. to become or cause to become liquid; melt
  3. to disintegrate or disperse
  4. to come or bring to an end
  5. to dismiss (a meeting, parliament, etc) or (of a meeting, etc) to be dismissed
  6. to collapse or cause to collapse emotionallyto dissolve into tears
  7. to lose or cause to lose distinctness or clarity
  8. (tr) to terminate legally, as a marriage, etc
  9. (intr) films television to fade out one scene and replace with another to make two scenes merge imperceptibly (fast dissolve) or slowly overlap (slow dissolve) over a period of about three or four seconds
  1. films television a scene filmed or televised by dissolving
Derived Formsdissolvable, adjectivedissolvability or dissolvableness, noundissolver, noun

Word Origin for dissolve

C14: from Latin dissolvere to make loose, from dis- 1 + solvere to release
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Word Origin and History for dissolve

late 14c. (transitive and intransitive) "to break up" (of material substances), from Latin dissolvere "to loosen up, break apart," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + solvere "to loose, loosen" (see solve). Meaning "to disband" (an assembly) is early 15c. Related: Dissolved; dissolving.

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dissolve in Medicine


  1. To pass or cause to pass into a solution, as salt in water.
  2. To become or cause to become liquid; melt.
  3. To cause to disintegrate or become disintegrated.
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dissolve in Science


  1. To pass or cause to pass into solution.
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