dissipate Definition

  • 1to gradually become less or weaker before disappearing completely
  • 2to scatter in various directions, to disperse
  • 3to waste or squander something, especially money or energy

Using dissipate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "dissipate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    The morning mist dissipated as the sun rose higher.

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    His anger slowly dissipated as he listened to her explanation.

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    The smoke from the fire dissipated quickly in the wind.

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    She quickly dissipated her inheritance on frivolous purchases.

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    He dissipated his energy on meaningless activities instead of focusing on his goals.

dissipate Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for dissipate

Phrases with dissipate

  • to disappear completely and suddenly, leaving no trace behind


    The thief disappeared into the night, his footsteps echoing briefly before dissipating into thin air.

  • dissipate one's wealth

    to waste or squander one's money or resources


    He lived a lavish lifestyle, constantly dissipating his wealth on expensive cars and vacations.

  • to calm down and let go of one's anger or frustration


    She took a deep breath and tried to dissipate her anger before responding to the rude comment.

Origins of dissipate

from Latin 'dissipatus', meaning 'scattered'


Summary: dissipate in Brief

The verb 'dissipate' [ˈdɪsɪpeɪt] means to gradually weaken and disappear, or to scatter and disperse. It can also refer to wasting or squandering something, such as money or energy. Examples include 'The morning mist dissipated as the sun rose higher.' and 'She quickly dissipated her inheritance on frivolous purchases.' Phrases like 'dissipate into thin air' describe complete and sudden disappearance, while 'dissipate one's wealth' and 'dissipate one's anger' describe wasting resources or calming down.