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[dih-soh-shee-eyt, -see-] /dɪˈsoʊ ʃiˌeɪt, -si-/
verb (used with object), dissociated, dissociating.
to sever the association of (oneself); separate:
He tried to dissociate himself from the bigotry in his past.
to subject to dissociation.
verb (used without object), dissociated, dissociating.
to withdraw from association.
to undergo dissociation.
Origin of dissociate
1605-15; dis-1 + (as)sociate, modeled on Latin dissociātus, past participle of dissociāre to divide, sever
Related forms
dissociative, adjective
Can be confused
disassociate, dissociate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dissociate
  • Carbonic acid is a weak acid, as you say, meaning it does not dissociate all the way.
  • The law school scam-busting blogs are right to dissociate themselves from her.
  • If you can't keep your spirits high during a rough patch, then dissociate altogether.
  • As in the study described above, mirror system function and action understanding dissociate.
  • Advocates of fiscal stimulus need to dissociate themselves from any idea that all spending is good.
  • But his day job has been the making of him, and it isn't easy to dissociate his artistry from his clinical skills.
  • There is little or no determination to dissociate the right in general from the right-wing fringes.
  • Papain is used to dissociate cells in the first step of cell culture preparations.
British Dictionary definitions for dissociate


/dɪˈsəʊʃɪˌeɪt; -sɪ-/
to break or cause to break the association between (people, organizations, etc)
(transitive) to regard or treat as separate or unconnected
to undergo or subject to dissociation
Derived Forms
dissociative, 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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