Definition of "dissolve" []

  • To cause to pass into solution: dissolve salt in water. (verb-transitive)
  • To reduce (solid matter) to liquid form; melt. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to disappear or vanish; dispel. (verb-transitive)
  • To break into component parts; disintegrate. (verb-transitive)
  • To bring to an end by or as if by breaking up; terminate. (verb-transitive)
  • To go or cause to go into solution (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To become or cause to become liquid; melt (verb)
  • To disintegrate or disperse (verb)
  • To come or bring to an end (verb)
  • To dismiss (a meeting, parliament, etc) or (of a meeting, etc) to be dismissed (verb)
  • To collapse or cause to collapse emotionally (verb)
  • To lose or cause to lose distinctness or clarity (verb)
  • To terminate legally, as a marriage, etc (verb)
  • To fade out one scene and replace with another to make two scenes merge imperceptibly (fast dissolve) or slowly overlap (slow dissolve) over a period of about three or four seconds (verb)
  • A scene filmed or televised by dissolving (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "dissolve" in a sentence
  • "'This is where we evaporate -- this is where my hopes of a successor in the title dissolve -- ha, ha!"
  • "More importantly, while the screen is excellent, I didn’t like the way the pages ‘turned’ - it looked to me like a cheap dissolve from a shareware movie editing program."
  • "I find that modern ethnic labels dissolve into meaninglessness when attempting to apply them to the past."