Dissipate Definition

dĭsə-pāt
dissipated, dissipates, dissipating
verb
dissipated, dissipates, dissipating
To break up and scatter; dispel; disperse.
Webster's New World
To spend much time and energy on indulgence in pleasure, esp. drinking, gambling, etc., to the point of harming oneself.
Webster's New World
To drive completely away; make disappear.
Webster's New World
To waste or squander.
Webster's New World
To use up, especially recklessly; exhaust.
Dissipated their energy.
American Heritage
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Origin of Dissipate

  • From Latin dissipatus, past participle of dissipare, also written dissupare (“to scatter, disperse, demolish, destroy, squander, dissipate”), from dis- (“apart”) + supare (“to throw”), also in comp. insipare (“to throw into”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English dissipaten from Latin dissipāre dissipāt-

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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