Definitions for dissipateˈdɪs əˌpeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dis•si•pate*ˈdɪs əˌpeɪt(v.)-pat•ed, -pat•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to scatter in various directions; disperse; dispel.

  2. to spend or use wastefully or extravagantly; deplete.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. (v.i.)to become scattered or dispersed.

  4. to indulge in extravagant, intemperate, or dissolute pleasure.

* Syn: See scatter.

Origin of dissipate:

1525–35; < L dissipātus, ptp. of dissipāre, dissupāre to scatter


Princeton's WordNet

  1. disperse, dissipate, dispel, break up, scatter(verb)

    to cause to separate and go in different directions

    "She waved her hand and scattered the crowds"

  2. disperse, dissipate, scatter, spread out(verb)

    move away from each other

    "The crowds dispersed"; "The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached";

  3. fritter, frivol away, dissipate, shoot, fritter away, fool, fool away(verb)

    spend frivolously and unwisely

    "Fritter away one's inheritance"

  4. dissipate(verb)

    live a life of pleasure, especially with respect to alcoholic consumption


  1. dissipate(Verb)

    To drive away, disperse.

  2. dissipate(Verb)

    To use up or waste.

  3. dissipate(Verb)

    To vanish by dispersion.

  4. Origin: From dissipatus, past participle of dissipare, also written dissupare, from dis- + supare, also in comp. insipare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dissipate(verb)

    to scatter completely; to disperse and cause to disappear; -- used esp. of the dispersion of things that can never again be collected or restored

  2. Dissipate(verb)

    to destroy by wasteful extravagance or lavish use; to squander

  3. Dissipate(verb)

    to separate into parts and disappear; to waste away; to scatter; to disperse; to vanish; as, a fog or cloud gradually dissipates before the rays or heat of the sun; the heat of a body dissipates

  4. Dissipate(verb)

    to be extravagant, wasteful, or dissolute in the pursuit of pleasure; to engage in dissipation


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