- The definition of dissipated is scattered or wasted.
When a smell was really strong but now it has started to fade and is no longer really there, this is an example of when the smell has dissipated.
- squandered or wasted
- characterized by, or showing the harmful effects of, dissipation
- Intemperate in the pursuit of pleasure; dissolute.
- Wasted or squandered.
- Irreversibly lost. Used of energy.
- simple past tense and past participle of dissipate
Variant of dissipate
transitive verbdissipated, dissipating
- to break up and scatter; dispel; disperse
- to drive completely away; make disappear
- to waste or squander
Origin of dissipateMiddle English dissipaten ; from Classical Latin dissipatus, past participle of dissipare, to scatter ; from dis-, apart + 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