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v. dis·si·pat·ed, dis·si·pat·ing, dis·si·pates
a. To break apart or attenuate to the point of disappearing: The wind finally dissipated the smoke. See Synonyms at scatter.
b. To drive away; cause to vanish: a discovery that dissipated his doubts.
a. To spend or expend intemperately or wastefully; squander: dissipated his fortune in casinos.
b. To use up, especially recklessly; exhaust: dissipated their energy. See Synonyms at waste.
3. To cause to lose (energy, such as heat) irreversibly.
1. To be attenuated and vanish: The dark clouds finally dissipated.
2. To become dispelled; vanish: His anger dissipated in time.
[Middle English dissipaten, from Latin dissipāre, dissipāt-.]
dis′si·pat′er, dis′si·pa′tor n.
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1. to exhaust or be exhausted by dispersion
2. (tr) to scatter or break up
3. (intr) to indulge in the pursuit of pleasure
[C15: from Latin dissipāre to disperse, from dis-1 + supāre to throw]
ˈdissiˌpater, ˈdissiˌpator n
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
v. -pat•ed, -pat•ing. v.t.
1. to scatter in various directions; disperse; dispel.
2. to spend or use wastefully or extravagantly; deplete.v.i.
3. to become scattered or dispersed.
4. to indulge in extravagant, intemperate, or dissolute pleasure.
[1525–35; < Latin dissipātus, past participle of dissipāre, dissupāre to scatter]
dis′si•pat`er, dis′si•pa`tor, n.
syn: See scatter.
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Past participle: dissipated
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|Verb||1.||dissipate - to cause to separate and go in different directions; "She waved her hand and scattered the crowds"|
disband - cause to break up or cease to function; "the principal disbanded the political student organization"
|2.||dissipate - move away from each other; "The crowds dispersed"; "The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached";|
break - scatter or part; "The clouds broke after the heavy downpour"
volley - be dispersed in a volley; "gun shots volleyed at the attackers"
|3.||dissipate - spend frivolously and unwisely; "Fritter away one's inheritance"|
|4.||dissipate - live a life of pleasure, especially with respect to alcoholic consumption|
live - lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style; "we had to live frugally after the war"
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1. disappear, fade, vanish, dissolve, disperse, evaporate, diffuse, melt away, evanesce The tension in the room had dissipated.
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3. To spend (money) excessively and usually foolishly:
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B. VI → disiparse
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
(= disperse) [+ heat, smoke] → dissiper
(= calm) [+ tension, anger] → apaiser
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
dissipate[ˈdɪsɪˌpeɪt] vt (frm) → dissipare
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