(third-person singular simple present dissolves, present participle dissolving, simple past and past participle dissolved)
- To terminate a union of multiple members actively, as by disbanding
- The ruling party or coalition sometimes dissolves parliament early when the polls are favorable, hoping to reconvene with a larger majority
- To destroy, make disappear
- To liquify, melt into a fluid
- (intransitive) To be melted, changed into a fluid
- (chemistry) To disintegrate chemically into a solution by immersion into a liquid or gas.
- (chemistry, intransitive) To be disintegrated by such immersion.
- To disperse, drive apart a group of persons.
- To break the continuity of; to disconnect; to loosen; to undo; to separate.
- (law) To annul; to rescind; to discharge or release.
- to dissolve an injunction
- (cinematography, intransitive) To shift from one shot to another by having the former fade out as the latter fades in.
- (intransitive) To resolve itself as by dissolution
- Bible, Daniel v. 16
- Make interpretations and dissolve doubts.
- To relax by pleasure; to make powerless.
Recorded since c.1374, from Latin dissolvere "to loosen up, break apart", itself from dis- "apart" + solvere "to loose, loosen"