Dissipate meaning

dĭsə-pāt
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.

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To become dispelled; vanish.

His anger dissipated in time.

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To break up and scatter; dispel; disperse.
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To drive completely away; make disappear.
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To waste or squander.
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To spend much time and energy on indulgence in pleasure, esp. drinking, gambling, etc., to the point of harming oneself.
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To use up or waste.
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To cause to lose (energy, such as heat) irreversibly.
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To be attenuated and vanish.

The dark clouds finally dissipated.

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To be dissipated; disperse or vanish.
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To drive away, disperse.
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To vanish by dispersion.
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Origin of dissipate

  • Middle English dissipaten from Latin dissipāre dissipāt-

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

  • 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