What does dissociate mean?

Definitions for dissociate
dɪˈsoʊ ʃiˌeɪt, -si-dis·so·ci·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disassociate, dissociate, divorce, disunite, disjointverb

    part; cease or break association with

    "She disassociated herself from the organization when she found out the identity of the president"

  2. decouple, dissociateverb

    regard as unconnected

    "you must dissociate these two events!"; "decouple our foreign policy from ideology"

  3. dissociateverb

    to undergo a reversible or temporary breakdown of a molecule into simpler molecules or atoms

    "acids dissociate to give hydrogen ions"


  1. dissociateverb

    To make unrelated; to sever a connection; to separate.

    A number of group members wish to dissociate themselves from the majority.

  2. dissociateverb

    To part; to stop associating.

    After the big fight, the gang totally dissociated from each other.

  3. dissociateverb

    To separate compounds into simpler component parts, usually by applying heat or through electrolysis.

    We dissociated the lead iodide into its elements by heating

  4. dissociateverb

    To undergo dissociation.

    Gerald checked himself into the hospital because he was dissociating.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Dissociateverb

    To separate; to disunite; to part.

    Etymology: dissocio, Latin.

    In the dissociating action, even of the gentlest fire, upon a concrete, there does perhaps vanish, though undiscernedly, some active and fugitive particles, whose presence was requisite to contain the concrete under such a determinate form. Boyle.


  1. dissociate

    Dissociation in chemistry is a general process in which molecules (or ionic compounds such as salts, or complexes) separate or split into other things such as atoms, ions, or radicals, usually in a reversible manner. For instance, when an acid dissolves in water, a covalent bond between an electronegative atom and a hydrogen atom is broken by heterolytic fission, which gives a proton (H+) and a negative ion. Dissociation is the opposite of association or recombination.


  1. dissociate

    Dissociate means to separate, disconnect, or isolate oneself from something, such as an idea, group, situation or environment. This can refer to both psychological and physical separation. It can also refer to the process in chemistry where molecules, ions, or radicals split into smaller particles.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dissociateverb

    to separate from fellowship or union; to disunite; to disjoin; as, to dissociate the particles of a concrete substance

  2. Etymology: [L. dissociatus, p. p. of dissociare to dissociate; dis- + sociare to unite, associate, socius companion. See Social.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dissociate

    dis-sō′shi-āt, v.t. to separate from a society or company: to disunite: to separate.—n. Dissociabil′ity.—adjs. Dissō′ciable, not sociable: ill associated: incongruous: capable of being dissociated; Dissō′cial, not social.—v.t. Dissō′cialise, to make unsocial.—n. Dissociā′tion.—adj. Dissō′-ciative (chem.), tending to dissociate. [L. dissociāre, -ātumdis, asunder, sociāre, to unite.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dissociate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dissociate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of dissociate in a Sentence

  1. Regis Lopez:

    Our results may help to understand the mechanisms of the sleepwalking episodes, we hypothesize that a dissociate state of arousal may modify the components of sleep-wake behavior, consciousness, and also pain perception.

  2. Keerthi Tennakoon:

    Sirisena delivered a timely message and neutralized the campaign of the corrupt Rajapaksa, now most of Rajapaksa's supporters will try to dissociate from him.

  3. John Danforth:

    The brand of the Republican Party in Missouri has been badly damaged, and it's very important to set the record clear, i think it's important for Republicans to dissociate themselves from what has happened in the campaign against Tom Schweich.

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  • отделям се, разделям, разлагам, откъсвам се, дисоциирам, разединявамBulgarian
  • dissociarCatalan, Valencian
  • sich distanzierenGerman
  • distanciar, desmarcarSpanish
  • جدا کردنPersian
  • erottaa, erota, hajottaa, erottautua, hajotaFinnish
  • dissocierFrench
  • díthiomsaighIrish
  • להתנתקHebrew
  • afscheiden, distantiëren, dissociëren, scheiden, zichDutch

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