Definition of dissipate in US English:

dissipate

verb

  • 1(with reference to a feeling or other intangible thing) disappear or cause to disappear.

    no object ‘the concern she'd felt for him had wholly dissipated’
    with object ‘he wanted to dissipate his anger’
    • ‘Each time something like this happens, the anger dissipates slower and leaves a shadow behind.’
    • ‘Rage suddenly takes control as the other emotions dissipated when he'd been pulled from his meal.’
    • ‘It would attempt to lock future generations into a prejudice that has already dissipated and that someday may disappear.’
    • ‘That sinking feeling we'd experienced as we watched the snow fall when it was supposed to be melting dissipated.’
    • ‘Once she'd gotten there in his presence, all her organized thoughts dissipated into a messily arranged array of emotions.’
    • ‘Heneghan's third free and fifth point of the game, coming in the 55th minute, barely stirred the emotion as the Roscommon cause began to dissipate.’
    • ‘By contrast, on film it looked like the mere aggregation of takes and cutaways; its timbres and its fluency dissipated and finally disappeared.’
    • ‘I don't hold on to the anger, if I can just let it dissipate on its own.’
    • ‘To her surprise, after their anger had dissipated, they were physically and emotionally more intimate.’
    • ‘So immediate emotion can dissipate before a country's population can make an important decision?’
    • ‘My anger was slowly dissipating, but in its place was another emotion.’
    • ‘Plus, these harsh emotions were already starting to dissipate, and I truly didn't want to unnerve my best friend.’
    • ‘Brant's anger dissipated at Gemmel's anger with himself.’
    • ‘And if we say wait until May 2005 then we're dissipating all that anger.’
    • ‘Victims of those errors don't disappear, and their quest for justice doesn't dissipate.’
    • ‘At the same time, given the growth in household information, given integration, it's unlikely that the core for the housing market will evaporate or dissipate.’
    • ‘Too often, free flowing emotions of sympathy dissipate with the initial fascination, without confronting the long-term consequences of misfortune.’
    • ‘He felt his anger dissipating as he looked at her.’
    • ‘I'll go and see it again to see if my disappointment might dissipate.’
    • ‘In minimum-security prisons, like the camp in Florence, Colorado where I currently am confined, racial tensions tend to dissipate, if not disappear.’
    disappear, vanish, evaporate, dissolve, melt away, melt into thin air, be dispelled, dematerialize
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    1. 1.1no object Disperse or scatter.
      ‘the cloud of smoke dissipated’
      • ‘Coughing lightly several more times, the black-haired player rubbed at her eyes and leaned against a wall while the smoke slowly dissipated.’
      • ‘The smoke has dissipated, and everything is all crystal clear now!’
      • ‘The blue matter floated in the air for a moment, then it dissipated and vanished.’
      • ‘We continued to watch in silence as the smoke slowly dissipated, leaving only the cloudless, star-punctured sky.’
      • ‘They were turning to the color of pale lemons as the smoke started to dissipate.’
      • ‘The clouds that had blocked the sun during the day had dissipated, scattered by the winds to reveal the stars sprawled in all their glory across the sky.’
      • ‘The fact that very few of the cathedral's stained-glass windows could be opened meant the smoke was slow to dissipate.’
      • ‘Then the light dimmed until it disappeared and the wind dissipated.’
      • ‘As the crowd scattered and dissipated, a few of us inched forward and managed to engage some of the sheriffs in conversation.’
      • ‘The thin cloud of smoke rushed out and dissipated into the air.’
      • ‘I took a long, deep drag and watched the smoke rings dissipate in the cool evening sky.’
      • ‘You see, in open areas - with plenty of fresh air and breeze going about - the smoke dissipates and goes off into the atmosphere.’
      • ‘A wave of defeat seemed to wash over the slaves, and they slumped, confidence and hope draining as the smoke dissipated into the night air.’
      • ‘These agents will evaporate and dissipate much more rapidly in hot, dry weather.’
      • ‘The hydrogen dissipates quickly and disperses upward, while gasoline tends to pool fuel for an explosion.’
      • ‘She disappeared in a flash of smoke, dissipating like a shaken cloud.’
      • ‘He laughed out loud, and the wind carried his voice away, like a string of smoke dissipating.’
      • ‘She sighed heavily, a plume of grey smoke and breath condensation dissipating in the air before her.’
      • ‘Gas bubbles that were trapped in the lines dissipated somewhat, but never completely disappeared.’
      • ‘A puff of green smoke glistened upward and dissipated.’
      disperse, break up, disband, separate, go in different directions, move in different directions, go separate ways
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  • 2with object Squander or fritter away (money, energy, or resources)

    ‘he had dissipated his entire fortune’
    • ‘To do otherwise is to dissipate resources in random spending.’
    • ‘The most negative rendering is that the steward is justly charged with intentionally dissipating the owner's resources.’
    • ‘This trend suggests that some portion of the rent may have been dissipated in higher-than-necessary production costs.’
    • ‘But what followed instead was a decline which saw all the flair and hope of the Keegan era dissipated as money flowed out of the coffers hand over fist, but for little return.’
    • ‘Thus by mid-1999 much of the positive effect of the devaluation on the real incomes of rural producers had been dissipated.’
    • ‘Edwardes said: ‘The Ryder remedy only produced a bureaucratic paperchase dissipating management resource and effort.’’
    • ‘On the other hand those transferred resources could be dissipated in an array of outreach services seeking to stimulate demand.’
    • ‘The enormous amount of savings has largely been dissipated by poor choices for investment.’
    • ‘An important truth is that we need full and active participation in liturgy and you don't get that by dissipating your resources.’
    • ‘You dissipate resources by maintaining economically unviable units.’
    • ‘It meant resisting the temptation to chase off after secondary objectives and, in the process, dissipate resources.’
    • ‘Given the current militancy of the public service unions, it is possible that much additional public spending will be dissipated in wage increases.’
    • ‘Why, in such difficult times, are they dissipating their resources in this manner?’
    • ‘This fueled regional battles over property and influence, greatly dissipating the energy and resources of the OC.’
    • ‘It's likely to dissipate resources ineffectually and spread potential damage far.’
    • ‘But typically, the fortunes built by one generation will be completely dissipated by the second or third generation.’
    • ‘Numerous winters have brought heavy snowfalls and low temperature and fortunes of stockmen have been dissipated in one season because of these adverse conditions.’
    • ‘That the moral capital of all three parties has been dissipated is not lost on the public, whose contempt for the political process has grown.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, however, the modern puritans are dissipating and wasting this inspiring moral tradition.’
    • ‘The monasteries had been dissolved and the proceeds dissipated in war.’
    squander, fritter, fritter away, misspend, waste, throw away, make poor use of, be prodigal with
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    1. 2.1usually be dissipatedPhysics Cause (energy) to be lost, typically by converting it to heat.
      • ‘Water prevents dehydration and allows heat to be dissipated through evaporative cooling and urination.’
      • ‘This kinetic energy will be dissipated in the form of heat on impact of the clip with the magnet.’
      • ‘On impact, most of the kinetic energy dissipates as heat.’
      • ‘As the basal part of the stem was linearly elastic, there was no energy dissipated by viscous friction.’
      • ‘There's a reduction in efficiency as energy is dissipated in heat.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin dissipat- ‘scattered’, from the verb dissipare, from dis- ‘apart, widely’ + supare ‘to throw’.

Pronunciation

dissipate

/ˈdisəˌpāt//ˈdɪsəˌpeɪt/