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dissipate

[dis-uh-peyt] /ˈdɪs əˌpeɪt/
verb (used with object), dissipated, dissipating.
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.
verb (used without object), dissipated, dissipating.
3.
to become scattered or dispersed; be dispelled; disintegrate:
The sun shone and the mist dissipated.
4.
to indulge in extravagant, intemperate, or dissolute pleasure.
Origin of dissipate
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin dissipātus (past participle of dissipāre, dissupāre to scatter); see -ate1
Related forms
dissipater, dissipator, noun
dissipative, adjective
dissipativity
[dis-uh-puh-tiv-i-tee] /ˌdɪs ə pəˈtɪv ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nondissipative, adjective
Synonyms
1. See scatter. 3. disappear, vanish.
Antonyms
1, 3. unite.
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  • Destroy my past, annihilate my present, dissipate my future, and then it will be permitted to me to live in obscurity!

    A Winter Amid the Ice Jules Verne
  • Instead of this, it was the aim of our diplomacy to dissipate the opposition.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • And his horror of all violence froze him; he knew not where to seek the new belief which might dissipate the peril.

  • But even were it this moment to dissipate, what cause have I for remorse?

  • The light of day served, if not to dissipate, at least to sober, the turbulence and fervor of the preceding night.

    Zicci, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for dissipate

dissipate

/ˈdɪsɪˌpeɪt/
verb
1.
to exhaust or be exhausted by dispersion
2.
(transitive) to scatter or break up
3.
(intransitive) to indulge in the pursuit of pleasure
Derived Forms
dissipater, dissipator, noun
dissipative, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dissipāre to disperse, from dis-1 + supāre to throw
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Word Origin and History for 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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