- 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.
- 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
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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