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Meaning of DISSIPATE

Pronunciation:  'disu`peyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  spend frivolously and unwisely; "Fritter away one's inheritance"
  2. [v]  move away from each other; "The crowds dispersed"; "The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached";
  3. [v]  to cause to separate and go in different directions, of crowds, for example; "She waved her hand and scattered the crows."
  4. [v]  live a life or pleasure, esp. with respect to alcoholic consumption

DISSIPATE is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: break up, dispel, disperse, fool, fool away, fritter, fritter away, frivol away, scatter, shoot, spread out
 See Also: aerosolise, aerosolize, break, consume, deplete, disband, divide, eat, eat up, exhaust, live, part, run through, separate, split, squander, use up, volley, ware, waste, wipe out



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dis"si*pate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dissipated}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Dissipating}.] [L. dissipatus, p. p. of
    dissipare; dis- + an obsolete verb sipare, supare. to throw.]
    1. To scatter completely; to disperse and cause to disappear;
       -- used esp. of the dispersion of things that can never
       again be collected or restored.
             Dissipated those foggy mists of error. --Selden.
             I soon dissipated his fears.          --Cook.
             The extreme tendency of civilization is to dissipate
             all intellectual energy.              --Hazlitt.
    2. To destroy by wasteful extravagance or lavish use; to
             The vast wealth . . . was in three years dissipated.
                                                   --Bp. Burnet.
    Syn: To disperse; scatter; dispel; spend; squander; waste;
         consume; lavish.
  2. \Dis"si*pate\, v. i.
    1. To separate into parts and disappear; to waste away; to
       scatter; to disperse; to vanish; as, a fog or cloud
       gradually dissipates before the rays or heat of the sun;
       the heat of a body dissipates.
    2. To be extravagant, wasteful, or dissolute in the pursuit
       of pleasure; to engage in dissipation.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Expend or scatter harmlessly, as of energy of moving water.
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