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From Latin dissipatus, past participle of dissipare, also written dissupare ‎(to scatter, disperse, demolish, destroy, squander, dissipate), from dis- ‎(apart) + supare ‎(to throw), also in comp. insipare ‎(to throw into).



dissipate ‎(third-person singular simple present dissipates, present participle dissipating, simple past and past participle dissipated)

  1. To drive away, disperse.
    • Cook
      I soon dissipated his fears.
    • Hazlitt
      The extreme tendency of civilization is to dissipate all intellectual energy.
  2. To use up or waste.
    • Bishop Burnet
      The vast wealth [] was in three years dissipated.
    • 1931: F. Scott Fitzgerald, "Babylon Revisited"
      So much for the effort and ingenuity of Montmartre. All the catering to vice and waste was on an utterly childish scale, and he suddenly realized the meaning of the word "dissipate"—to dissipate into thin air; to make nothing out of something.
  3. To vanish by dispersion.

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