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ˈdɪs əˌpeɪtdis·si·pate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disperse, dissipate, dispel, break up, scatterverb

    to cause to separate and go in different directions

    "She waved her hand and scattered the crowds"

  2. disperse, dissipate, scatter, spread outverb

    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 awayverb

    spend frivolously and unwisely

    "Fritter away one's inheritance"

  4. dissipateverb

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


  1. dissipateverb

    To drive away, disperse.

  2. dissipateverb

    To use up or waste.

  3. dissipateverb

    To vanish by dispersion.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DISSIPATEverb

    Etymology: dissipatus, Latin.

    The heat at length grows so great, that it again dissipates and bears off those very corpuscles which before it brought. John Woodward, Natural History.

    The circling mountains eddy in,
    From the bare wild, the dissipated storm. James Thomson, Autumn.

    This slavery to his passions produced a life irregular and dissipated. Richard Savage, Life.

    The wherry that contains
    Of dissipated wealth the poor remains. London.


  1. dissipate

    In thermodynamics, dissipation is the result of an irreversible process that takes place in homogeneous thermodynamic systems. In a dissipative process, energy (internal, bulk flow kinetic, or system potential) transforms from an initial form to a final form, where the capacity of the final form to do thermodynamic work is less than that of the initial form. For example, heat transfer is dissipative because it is a transfer of internal energy from a hotter body to a colder one. Following the second law of thermodynamics, the entropy varies with temperature (reduces the capacity of the combination of the two bodies to do work), but never decreases in an isolated system. These processes produce entropy at a certain rate. The entropy production rate times ambient temperature gives the dissipated power. Important examples of irreversible processes are: heat flow through a thermal resistance, fluid flow through a flow resistance, diffusion (mixing), chemical reactions, and electric current flow through an electrical resistance (Joule heating).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dissipateverb

    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. Dissipateverb

    to destroy by wasteful extravagance or lavish use; to squander

  3. Dissipateverb

    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. Dissipateverb

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dissipate

    dis′i-pāt, v.t. to scatter: to squander: to waste.—v.i. to separate and disappear: to waste away: (coll.) to be dissolute in conduct.—adj. Diss′ipable, that may be dissipated.—p.adj. Diss′ipated, dissolute, esp. addicted to drinking.—n. Dissipā′tion, dispersion: state of being dispersed: scattered attention: a dissolute course of life, esp. hard drinking.—adj. Diss′ipative, tending to dissipate or disperse: connected with the dissipation of energy. [L. dissipāre, -ātumdis, asunder, and obs. supāre, which appears in insipĕre, to throw into.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dissipate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dissipate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of dissipate in a Sentence

  1. Victor Shum:

    The market is going to be held in suspense for a few weeks, there is going to be pressure on the participants in the meeting to ensure they achieve something. Otherwise they risk the support-market sentiment that we are seeing now dissipate rapidly.

  2. Lord Byron:

    How sweet and soothing is this hour of calm I thank thee, night for thou has chased away these horrid bodements which, amidst the throng, I could not dissipate and with the blessing of thy benign and quiet influence now will I to my couch, although to rest is almost wronging such a night as this.

  3. Victor Shum:

    There is going to be pressure on the participants in the meeting to ensure they achieve something. Otherwise they risk the support-market sentiment that we are seeing now dissipate rapidly.

  4. Bryan Miller:

    I do not think this is going to dissipate.

  5. Leo Grohowski:

    Inflation fears should dissipate a bit as growth worries come into play because of The Delta variant. I think The Fed will be proven to be correct about inflation as being largely transitory.

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