For all your dictionary needs!
Spelling. Are you looking for Dissipated?
Header of dissipate


Video footage: Big cloud dissipate on sky
Play/pauseBuy footageFind more

Definition of the verb dissipate

What does dissipate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: dissipated | dissipating | dissipates

  1. to cause to separate and go in different directions
  2. move away from each other
  3. spend frivolously and unwisely
  4. live a life of pleasure, especially with respect to alcoholic consumption
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: live = lead a certain kind of life

Alternative definition of the verb dissipate


  1. To drive away, disperse.
  2. To use up or waste.
  3. To vanish by dispersion.

Definition of the verb dissipate for high school students

    to disappear, cause to disappear
    • example: The sun finally came out and dissipated the haze.
    to waste
    • example: She dissipated her fortune on a series of bad investments.

The verb dissipate is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.


Dissipate is a musical group.

  • album: "Dissipate"


"Dissipate" is a musical album of Dissipate.

  • released on (9 years ago)

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Dissipate

Click on a title to look inside that book (if available):

Google previewBasic Motorsport Engineering (2012)

by Andrew Livesey

Nomenclature Dissipate is a complicated word for dispelling, getting rid of, or spreading about. The heat from the brake pads and discs is dissipated into the atmosphere so that it does not build up and allow the brakes to get hot. The amount of ...

Google previewMaster the Clerical Exams (2010)

by Peterson's

DISSIPATE means to drive away or disperse, which is the opposite of accumulate . The correct answer is (B). PROFANE means irreverence or contempt, which is the opposite of sacred. The correct answer is (D). OBLIQUE means having a ...

Google previewContext in Communication: A Cognitive View (2017)

by Gabriella Airenti, Marco Cruciani, Alessio Plebe

For example, dissipate is a polysemic general language verb, which is often found in scientific discourse. When it is used transitively in the sense of one entity dissipating another entity, it has two arguments. The first argument has the semantic ...

Google previewAn Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (1840)

by John Oswald

"dissipate, v. dis'sipating, a. undis'sipated ...

Google previewVocabulary Dictionary and Workbook (2006)

2,856 Words You Must Know by Mark Phillips

disperse–dissipate. disperse (di-SPÛRS) vb. This word can mean “to drive off into various directions; scatter” (as in after the concert, the crowd dispersed), or “ to vanish; disappear; break up and scatter out of sight” (as in by noon the fog had ...

Google previewA Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (2005)

by Walter W. Skeat, Walter William Skeat

Dissipate. (L). From. pp. of. L. dissipSre, to disperse. — L. dis-, apart ; and O. L. supure, to throw ; we find also insipäre, to throw into. Cf. Sfct. iA>, to throw. Brugm . ». § 761. Dissociate. (L.) From the pp. of L. dissociait, to separate from. — L. dis- ...

Online dictionaries and encyclopedias with entries for Dissipate

Click on a label to prioritize search results according to that topic:

Usage statistics about dissipate

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb dissipate:


Photos about Dissipate

Click on an item to view that photo:


Subsequently allowed to dissipate

Photo credit: Eric Fischer

If you need related images for an article or a report, you can download stock photos:
Small photo of Close up part of Full glass cup of Roasted coffee beans on the dark stone background with dissipate cocoa, pieces of chocolate and beans. Selective focus.Top view. Coffee love concept. Square shoot.Small photo of Roasted coffee beans in the shape of a heart on the dark stone background with dissipate cocoa, pieces of chocolate and beans. Selective focus. Coffee love concept. Vertical photo.Small photo of Fennec fox(Vulpes zerda) sitting on the wood, that is small nocturnal fox found in Sahara of North Africa. Its most distinctive feature is its unusually large ears, which also serve to dissipate heat.Small photo of Contrail - Vertical, Spreading as it Begins to Dissipate in the Clear Blue Sky, Sacramento, California USA.Small photo of Rear plastic grille of an old television used to dissipate the heatSmall photo of Sweet chillies make the water dissipate on black background.Small photo of under bridge massive Hydraulic damper used to dissipate the large amounts of energy that result from sudden dynamic loading like earthquakes. More...

Video language resources about Dissipate

Click on an item to play that video:

See also the pronunciation examples of Dissipate!

Quotes about Dissipate

When something that honest is said it usually needs a few minutes of silence to dissipate. (Pamela Ribon)
more quotes about dissipate...

Scrabble value of D2I1S1S1I1P3A1T1E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Couldn't select: Got error 28 from storage engine