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dissociate

[dih-soh-shee-eyt, -see-] /dɪˈsoʊ ʃiˌeɪt, -si-/
verb (used with object), dissociated, dissociating.
1.
to sever the association of (oneself); separate:
He tried to dissociate himself from the bigotry in his past.
2.
to subject to dissociation.
verb (used without object), dissociated, dissociating.
3.
to withdraw from association.
4.
to undergo dissociation.
Origin of dissociate
1605-1615
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.
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dissociate

/dɪˈsəʊʃɪˌeɪt; -sɪ-/
verb
1.
to break or cause to break the association between (people, organizations, etc)
2.
(transitive) to regard or treat as separate or unconnected
3.
to undergo or subject to dissociation
Derived Forms
dissociative, adjective
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Word Origin and History for dissociative

dissociate

v.

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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