Dissociate meaning

dĭ-sōsē-āt, -shē-
To remove from association; separate.
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(chemistry) To cause to undergo dissociation.
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To cease associating; part.
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(biology) To mutate or change morphologically, often reversibly.
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(chemistry) To undergo dissociation.
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To break the ties or connection between; sever association with; separate; disunite.
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To cause to undergo dissociation.
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To part company; stop associating.
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To undergo dissociation.
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(chemistry & psychiatry) To undergo dissociation.
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To make unrelated; to sever a connection; to separate.

A number of group members wish to dissociate themselves from the majority.

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(intransitive) To part; to stop associating.

After the big fight, the gang totally dissociated from each other.

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(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.

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(chemistry, intransitive) To undergo dissociation.
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(psychology, intransitive) To undergo dissociation.

Gerald checked himself into the hospital because he was dissociating.

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dissociate oneself from
  • to deny or repudiate any connection with
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

dissociate oneself from

Origin of dissociate

  • Latin dissociāre dissociāt- dis- dis- sociāre to unite (from socius companion sekw-1 in Indo-European roots)

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