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Definition of "dissipate" []

  • To drive away; disperse. (verb-transitive)
  • To attenuate to or almost to the point of disappearing: The wind finally dissipated the smoke. See Synonyms at scatter. (verb-transitive)
  • To spend or expend intemperately or wastefully; squander. (verb-transitive)
  • To use up, especially recklessly; exhaust: dissipated their energy. See Synonyms at waste. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to lose (energy, such as heat) irreversibly. (verb-transitive)

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.

Use "dissipate" in a sentence
  • "Ive heared of a Victorian remedy of putting white vinegar on a small strip of cloth tied around the forehead to help heat dissipate from the head (we could also use small ice packs today) which also helps ward off headaches from the heat (mint essentail oil helps dissipate heat too)."
  • "And what's fascinating about this love story, if you will, is that the intensity of that honeymoon stage never seemed to dissipate, which is very unusual, when you think about it."
  • "That this country cannot be boxed easily and therefore appointed labels dissipate easily."