Definition of dissolve in English:



  • 1(with reference to a solid) become or cause to become incorporated into a liquid so as to form a solution.

    no object ‘glucose dissolves easily in water’
    with object ‘dissolve a stock cube in a pint of hot water’
    • ‘The jelly can contain a gelling agent which does not easily dissolve and can result in the sweet becoming stuck in a child's throat.’
    • ‘I began to try and vainly struggle, tears running down my cheeks and leaving a black trail like discoloured blood as my eyeliner dissolved with the salty solution.’
    • ‘It is a fast-working, fog-free, stain-free agent that dissolves easily in cold water, keeps extremely well and produces negatives of very high acutance.’
    • ‘And living underwater, they are most sensitive to molecules that dissolve easily in water and can thus be swept into their nasal cavities.’
    • ‘Whatever cleaner you decide to use, give the product or solution time to dissolve and degrease shower walls.’
    • ‘He popped it into his mouth and let it dissolve on his tongue.’
    • ‘It dissolves rather easily and forms Ca + + and SO4 = ions in the soil solution.’
    • ‘They dissolve more easily in, for example, sodium dodecyl sulfate or ethanol.’
    • ‘When you notice that the fine particles remain, as slurry on the bottom, and no amount of agitation will get them to dissolve, the solution is now saturated.’
    • ‘Fine grain sugars are best because they dissolve easily and are distributed evenly, during the mixing and kneading process, evenly browning the dough in the oven.’
    • ‘As it dissolved on my tongue, I found new inspiration.’
    • ‘Either way, you must warm the solution until the curds dissolve.’
    • ‘You can taste good yoghurt through the strawberry, although the fruit dissolves on the tongue.’
    • ‘A neutral charged creatine remains, which can dissolve more completely in water.’
    • ‘Sugar dissolves easily in water; oil does not.’
    • ‘Poison gas, dissolving slowly in the water, is able to pollute vast areas and get into food chains.’
    • ‘Finally, whey protein dissolves easily in water, making it convenient for a protein drink when you're on the go.’
    • ‘Jelly sweets made with this ingredient do not dissolve easily and can result in the sweets becoming stuck in a child's throat.’
    • ‘The monasteries were to disappear like sugar dissolves in hot liquid.’
    go into solution, become a solution, break down
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    1. 1.1no object Disappear.
      ‘my courage dissolved’
      • ‘They drifted into hostility towards the Tory leader Sir Robert Peel, and dissolved with his fall in 1846.’
      • ‘He is frightened, but seeing the picture of the duchess, Maria Pagés, his worry dissolves as he falls in love with her beauty.’
      • ‘Liszt felt a part of him crumble and dissolve, and he suddenly felt empty.’
      • ‘Two particular universal rights rapidly dissolving in the New Orleans Superdome were racial and sexual equality.’
      • ‘He had a kind face full of laughter and merriment, but when on his wrong side the merriment subsided and the laughter dissolved until only a slight semblance of his true self was seen.’
      • ‘Without being free of thought, without the thinking having dissolved, vanished, disappeared, there is no way to be liberated or enlightened.’
      • ‘Imaginary rashes disappeared, ear infections dissolved, and all manner of fictitious itches, maladies and debilitating viruses were vanquished.’
      • ‘Indeed, I'm sure Brenton would love to say that his case dissolved with the death - or disappearance - of Dino, the kidnapper.’
      • ‘And then we dissolved back into the crowd, as if we'd never been there, which we might as well not have been.’
      • ‘The boundaries between the play and the audience dissolved further when a woman in the crowd began sobbing and flailing her arms.’
      • ‘However, the demonstrators appeared satisfied with the mayor's decision to have the booth removed and the crowd eventually dissolved.’
      • ‘The agreement dissolved so easily because both sides had their own interpretations of vague elements, distorting their intended meaning.’
      • ‘Long, graceful fingers were still entangled in his hair, massaging the base of his neck tenderly, and Ikeda's worries dissolved, his fears fading.’
      • ‘With no coalition partner, the Society dissolved as France fell into radicalism.’
      • ‘Only this system was dissolving now that Peter was sleeping less and waking earlier, and the days and nights seem to run together into one long, dark passage of time- and Peter had picked up a lot of information.’
      • ‘When this attitude, which maintains duality, is allowed to not be formed, to disappear, to dissolve, to vanish - what is left?’
      • ‘Lies were dissolving - even his own had disappeared.’
      • ‘But his trail of thoughts quickly dissolved as he spotted the disappearing red spots on her neck.’
      • ‘But these settlements eventually dissolved and disappeared.’
      • ‘But the tableau dissolved and the moment passed.’
      disappear, vanish, melt away, evaporate, disperse, dissipate, disintegrate
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    2. 1.2dissolve into/inno object Subside uncontrollably into (an expression of strong feelings)
      ‘she suddenly dissolved into floods of tears’
      • ‘She added a wry smile as three slightly confused expressions dissolved quickly into delighted laughter.’
      • ‘She seemed to dissolve into hysterical fits of laughter when she looked at me.’
      • ‘Abby stood up and started to read a poem that my Nan had written but after two lines she dissolved in tears and my sister went up and rescued her.’
      • ‘The audience of hardbitten journalists dissolved in laughter.’
      • ‘His usual good humored expression had dissolved into one of annoyance and displeasure.’
      • ‘The tributes were so effusive that Speaker Martin had to order a halt before the House dissolved in tears.’
      • ‘My colleague and I looked at each other and then dissolved into helpless laughter.’
      • ‘Her laugh sounded strained and quickly dissolved into tears.’
      • ‘To Robert's shock Thomas dissolved into violent sobs, his body jolting and shaking.’
      • ‘Scott's puzzled expression dissolved into an annoyed one.’
      • ‘She gave him a false smile and dissolved into a bout of strong tears, overwhelmed with emotion of such change that had taken place and yearning for her real home, the home she belonged in.’
      • ‘I simply dissolved back into laughter and he did the same.’
      • ‘Taxpayers can start to dissolve in tears, also.’
      • ‘What a sight it was and the assembled company dissolved into fits of laughter.’
      • ‘Kate dissolved into giggles as she tucked the slightly soggy Kleenex into her own pocket.’
      • ‘I can't watch it without dissolving in laughter.’
      • ‘"Yes, " she managed to choke out before dissolving into giggles.’
      • ‘We have nice, reasonable expectations and they say "No!" or they simply dissolve into tears.’
      • ‘I told Bud about it when I did get home this evening and he dissolved in chuckles.’
      burst into, break into, collapse into, break down into
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    3. 1.3dissolve into/tono object (of an image or scene in a film) change gradually to (another)
      ‘the scene dissolves into a series of shots of the Morgan family’
      • ‘As the editor narrates his story, the image slowly dissolves into the scene he's talking about involving ‘Officer Kockenlocker.’’
      • ‘I could have taken the last shot of Preminger's film and started after dissolving to the title, ‘Three Years Later.’’
      • ‘Soon the chorus joins in, silhouetted row above row in glowing orange ovals behind a black backdrop before the whole thing dissolves to a street scene.’
      • ‘From the moment J.B. and Constance first move together to kiss, and Hitchcock dissolves to a hall of opening doors, we enter a surreal world that might be only safely explored as a dream.’
      • ‘The scene dissolves to a private library where a calendar reads ‘June 2045.’’
      • ‘The poem begins in medium range… Then the scene dissolves to a North African desert where the truncated legs of a statue, brutal and totemic, loom up at center screen.’
      • ‘Similarly, a shot of Overbeck raising her hands after a goal-saving play dissolves to an image of her holding her child.’
      • ‘The scene dissolves to her riding her horse in reality, lost in the speed and the feeling of total communication with an animal of another species.’
      • ‘This is followed by a slow pan across a stretch of blank wall, dissolving to a shot of Alexandra in the shower; but before we see this we can already hear the sound of running water, mixed with her weeping.’
      • ‘Then he dissolves to an almost identical angle, again of himself in profile, carrying the lines he is speaking over the dissolve in mid-sentence to indicate temporal continuity.’
  • 2with object Close down or dismiss (an assembly or official body)

    ‘the National Assembly was dissolved after a coup’
    • ‘Since then it has dissolved the assembly and imposed direct rule.’
    • ‘After the party prevented Deuba from seeking the extension to the emergency in parliament, Deuba dissolved the assembly for elections two years ahead of schedule.’
    • ‘These include the capacity to block legislation, sack governments, dissolve parliament, assume executive power and take control of the armed forces.’
    • ‘The cabinet would also resign, and a junta led by an unnamed general would dissolve the congress.’
    • ‘A state assembly being dissolved is big news, sure.’
    • ‘After the meeting was dissolved, some councillors and members of the Feds Executive remained to discuss several issues.’
    • ‘Khamenei reacted with the barely disguised threat to dissolve parliament or dismiss the government.’
    • ‘He also claimed that because a president does not have the right to dissolve the Assembly, the government is driven into a corner and the administration is not properly managed.’
    • ‘It is not at all democratic to dissolve an elected assembly before its time has expired.’
    • ‘Subsequently, the president dissolves Congress and imposes martial law on the country.’
    • ‘It is widely agreed that the monarch must generally agree to a request from the Prime Minister to dissolve Parliament.’
    • ‘Nkrumah and all his ministers were dismissed, the CPP and National Assembly were dissolved, and the constitution was suspended.’
    • ‘The response of MacMahon's government of ‘moral Order’ was to counter-attack by dissolving the Assembly and unleashing a punitive purge of local officials and associations.’
    • ‘Under the 1997 Constitution, Iloilo, as President, can dissolve the elected parliament and call new elections.’
    • ‘The President has dissolved the Assembly and appealed to the people and the army; he establishes universal suffrage, and has arrested his political opponents.’
    • ‘Since the state assembly was dissolved, the Modi government has been systematically delisting camps and cutting down on supplies to them.’
    • ‘The president was empowered to appoint ministers and dissolve the assembly, holding a monopoly of executive power.’
    • ‘He is a constitutional monarch with the power to dissolve the legislative assembly, which is known as the Fono.’
    • ‘There are reports that government plans to dissolve the assembly and wants to hold polls shortly.’
    • ‘De Gaulle decided to keep on his prime minister and dissolved the Assembly instead.’
    disband, disestablish, dismiss
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    1. 2.1 Annul or end (a partnership or marriage)
      ‘their marriage has been dissolved’
      • ‘Their marriage was dissolved after less than a year.’
      • ‘In 1974, The Beatles legally dissolved their partnership.’
      • ‘In August 1864 the judge ordered, among other things, that the partnership be dissolved.’
      • ‘He and his brother fell out when their farm partnership was dissolved.’
      • ‘Generally, church courts do not dissolve marriages, but annul them by declaring that no genuine marriage took place.’
      • ‘But divorce is still not easy when one spouse objects to dissolving the marriage.’
      • ‘Through Ezra's efforts, these mixed marriages are dissolved.’
      • ‘Limiting a career during marriage, for example, was not the basis for adequate compensation if the marriage was dissolved.’
      • ‘If a marriage is dissolved, the reduced investment in a career is potentially only costly to the spouse emphasizing housework.’
      • ‘She also dissolved her marriage with Buck, never a satisfying relationship, and returned to America.’
      • ‘The marriage is dissolved if it existed, but has come to an end - ‘irretrievable breakdown of marriage’.’
      • ‘As soon as a husband dissolved his marriage, he had to settle all financial obligations towards his former wife.’
      • ‘So we got the whole thing annulled, dissolving the marriage as if it never took place.’
      • ‘The partnership was dissolved by 1905, and Barnsley withdrew from the workshop.’
      • ‘In July 1734 Heidegger dissolved the partnership and handed over the lease of the King's Theatre to the Opera of the Nobility.’
      • ‘Under this form of divorce, the woman can dissolve the marriage in the privacy of the home without going to court.’
      • ‘There will be a mechanism for dissolving partnerships, similar to divorce for married couples and it will oblige provision to be made for the maintenance of a partner's children should the partnership be dissolved.’
      • ‘I told him I was dissolving the partnership, then I was made bankrupt.’
      • ‘Secondly, with respect to married people, if the marriage was dissolved by divorce after the will was witnessed, the will is void.’
      • ‘In 1433, John's wife Alice Russell took him to court claiming he was impotent and demanding the marriage be dissolved.’
      disperse, disband, break up, split up, separate, scatter, go their separate ways, go in different directions, disjoin
      annul, nullify, void
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  • An act or instance of moving gradually from one image or scene in a film to another.

    ‘the alternatives to a cut are fades or dissolves’
    • ‘Reel-change markers have been removed, and scene transitions and dissolves are mostly smooth.’
    • ‘As we watch the bloody water circle down the drain, Hitchcock makes the famous dissolve to Marion's eye.’
    • ‘Opticals can be used for style (as in Star Wars to mimic the 50's matinee episode nature of the narrative) or for effect - using dissolves to show the passage of time.’
    • ‘What works worst is using the technique as a clunky dissolve to segue between scenes.’
    • ‘This makes for a natural dissolve to the internal workings of the company and, specifically, the Colet boardroom, in which Madame Colet is meeting with her governing board.’
    • ‘We see how helicopters were used, how scenes were composed, and the before-and-after dissolves of scenes.’
    • ‘Obviously the faster the processor the better (to allow transitions such as dissolves to be built quickly).’
    • ‘The camera tilts up towards the roof as snows falls, its gradual whiteness merging into a dissolve to an image of a white screen, which lingers on-screen for a moment before we are cued by the music that the film is over.’
    • ‘What starts out as another dissolve to a long shot - that of a man walking toward the camera - stops midway.’
    • ‘He uses split screens, dissolves and transitions to capture the action in the water.’


Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘break down into component parts’): from Latin dissolvere, from dis- ‘apart’ + solvere ‘loosen or solve’.