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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /dɪˈzɒlv/
- (General American) IPA(key): /dɪˈzɑlv/
- Hyphenation: dis‧solve
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- (transitive) To terminate a union of multiple members actively, as by disbanding.
- (transitive) To destroy, make disappear.
- (transitive) To liquify, melt into a fluid.
- 1595 December 9 (first known performance), William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene ii]:
- as if the world were all dissolved to tears
- (intransitive) To be melted, changed into a fluid.
- (chemistry, transitive) To disintegrate chemically into a solution by immersion into a liquid or gas.
- (chemistry, intransitive) To be disintegrated by such immersion.
- (transitive) To disperse, drive apart a group of persons.
- (transitive) To break the continuity of; to disconnect; to loosen; to undo; to separate.
- 1600, [Torquato Tasso], “(please specify |book=1 to 20)”, in Edward Fairefax [i.e., Edward Fairfax], transl., Godfrey of Bulloigne, or The Recouerie of Ierusalem. […], London: […] Ar[nold] Hatfield, for I[saac] Iaggard and M[atthew] Lownes, OCLC 940138160:
- Down fell the duke, his joints dissolved asunder.
- 1776, The Declaration of Independence
- For one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another.
- (law, transitive) To annul; to rescind; to discharge or release.
- to dissolve an injunction
- 2017 August 13, Brandon Nowalk, “Oldtown offers one last game-changing secret as Game Of Thrones goes behind enemy lines (newbies)”, in The Onion AV Club:
- Jon Snow is the legitimate heir to the Targaryen line, by the old rules, of the old government, which was dissolved and reshaped by King Robert.
- (cinematography, intransitive) To shift from one shot to another by having the former fade out as the latter fades in.
- Synonym: fade out
- (intransitive) To resolve itself as by dissolution.
- (obsolete) To solve; to clear up; to resolve.
- To relax by pleasure; to make powerless.
- 1674 (date written), John Dryden, “The Authors Apology for Heroique Poetry; and Poetique Licence”, in The State of Innocence, and Fall of Man: An Opera. […], London: […] T[homas] N[ewcomb] for Henry Herringman, […], published 1677, OCLC 228727029, page 29:
- Seraph and Cherub, careleſs of their charge, / And wanton, in full eaſe now live at large: / Unguarded leave the paſſes of the Sky; / And all diſſolv'd in Hallelujahs lye.
transitive: to terminate a union of multiple members actively
transitive: to disintegrate into a solution by immersion
intransitive: to be disintegrated into a solution by immersion
intransitive: to resolve itself as by dissolution
fade out — see fade out
transitive: to disperse a group
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dissolve (plural dissolves)
- (cinematography) a form of film punctuation in which there is a gradual transition from one scene to the next
- Synonym: fade out