dissociate[di sō′s̸hē āt′; also, -sē āt′]
transitive verbdissociated, dissociating
- to break the ties or connection between; sever association with; separate; disunite
- to cause to undergo dissociation
Origin of dissociate; from Classical Latin dissociatus, past participle of dissociare ; from dis-, apart + sociare, to join ; from socius, companion: see social
- to part company; stop associating
- to undergo dissociation
dissociate oneself from
verbdis·so·ci·at·ed, dis·so·ci·at·ing, dis·so·ci·ates
- To remove from association; separate: “Marx never dissociated man from his social environment” (Sidney Hook).
- Chemistry To cause to undergo dissociation.
- To cease associating; part.
- Biology To mutate or change morphologically, often reversibly.
- Chemistry To undergo dissociation.
Origin of dissociateLatin dissociāre, dissociāt- : dis-, dis- + sociāre, to unite (from socius, companion; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present dissociates, present participle dissociating, simple past and past participle dissociated)
- To make unrelated; to sever a connection; to separate.
- A number of group members wish to dissociate themselves from the majority.
- (intransitive) To part; to stop associating.
- After the big fight, the gang totally dissociated from each other.
- (chemistry) To separate compounds into simpler component parts, usually by applying heat or through electrolysis.
- We dissociated the lead iodide into its elements by heating
- (chemistry, intransitive) To undergo dissociation.
- (psychology, intransitive) To undergo dissociation.
- Gerald checked himself into the hospital because he was dissociating.