- To dissipate is defined as to lessen or disappear, or to cause something to lessen or disappear.
An example of dissipate is when rain starts to let up or goes away.
dissipate definition by Webster's New World
- to break up and scatter; dispel; disperse
- to drive completely away; make disappear
- to waste or squander
Origin: Middle English dissipaten ; from Classical Latin dissipatus, past participle of dissipare, to scatter ; from dis-, apart plush supare, to throw ; from Indo-European base an unverified form swep- from source Sanskrit svapū, broom, Low German swabbeln, to swab
- to be dissipated; disperse or vanish
- to spend much time and energy on indulgence in pleasure, esp. drinking, gambling, etc., to the point of harming oneself
dissipate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb dis·si·pat·ed, dis·si·pat·ing, dis·si·pates verb, transitive
- To drive away; disperse.
- To attenuate to or almost to the point of disappearing: The wind finally dissipated the smoke. See Synonyms at scatter.
- a. To spend or expend intemperately or wastefully; squander.b. To use up, especially recklessly; exhaust: dissipated their energy. See Synonyms at waste.
- To cause to lose (energy, such as heat) irreversibly.
- To vanish by dispersion: The dark clouds finally dissipated.
- To indulge in the intemperate pursuit of pleasure.
Origin: Middle English dissipaten, from Latin dissipāre, dissipāt-.
- disˈsi·patˌer, disˈsi·paˌtor noun
- disˈsi·paˌtive adjective