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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.

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

  2. dissipateverb

    To use up or waste.

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

  3. dissipateverb

    To vanish by dispersion.

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

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. Chris Weston:

    The market is front-running the idea that we're going to see the case count dissipate, the baton is now being firmly handed over to the reality of the situation in economic data.

  2. Kamil Kaloush:

    They are able to dissipate the heat more quickly than dense pavements, they can also allow for water flow, which has a positive effect on storm water management, and cool the surface temperature.

  3. Jeremy Johnson:

    The effects will dissipate over time. A rally in October is probably more meaningful than any rally in July.

  4. Roger Quarles Mills:

    Prohibition was introduced as a fraud; it has been nursed as a fraud. It is wrapped in the livery of Heaven, but it comes to serve the devil. It comes to regulate by law our appetites and our daily lives. It comes to tear down liberty and build up fanaticism, hypocrisy, and intolerance. It comes to confiscate by legislative decree the property of many of our fellow citizens. It comes to send spies, detectives, and informers into our homes; to have us arrested and carried before courts and condemned to fines and imprisonments. It comes to dissipate the sunlight of happiness, peace, and prosperity in which we are now living and to fill our land with alienations, estrangements, and bitterness. It comes to bring us evil - only evil - and that continually. Let us rise in our might as one and overwhelm it with such indignation that we shall never hear of it again as long as grass grows and water runs.

  5. Mount Cleveland:

    Explosions from Mount Cleveland typically produce relatively small volcanic ash clouds that dissipate within hours ; however, more significant ash emissions are possible.

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    the verbal act of urging on
    • A. instigation
    • B. arbalist
    • C. chin-wag
    • D. subrogation

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