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dissipate


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dissipate  \Dis"si*pate\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  separate  into  parts  and  disappear;  to  waste  away  to 
  scatter;  to  disperse;  to  vanish;  as  a  fog  or  cloud 
  gradually  dissipates  before  the  rays  or  heat  of  the  sun; 
  the  heat  of  a  body  dissipates. 
 
  2.  To  be  extravagant,  wasteful,  or  dissolute  in  the  pursuit 
  of  pleasure;  to  engage  in  dissipation. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dissipate  \Dis"si*pate\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Dissipated};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Dissipating}.]  [L.  dissipatus  p.  p.  of 
  dissipare;  dis-  +  an  obsolete  verb  sipare,  supare.  to  throw.] 
  1.  To  scatter  completely;  to  disperse  and  cause  to  disappear; 
  --  used  esp.  of  the  dispersion  of  things  that  can  never 
  again  be  collected  or  restored. 
 
  Dissipated  those  foggy  mists  of  error.  --Selden. 
 
  I  soon  dissipated  his  fears.  --Cook. 
 
  The  extreme  tendency  of  civilization  is  to  dissipate 
  all  intellectual  energy.  --Hazlitt. 
 
  2.  To  destroy  by  wasteful  extravagance  or  lavish  use  to 
  squander. 
 
  The  vast  wealth  .  .  .  was  in  three  years  dissipated. 
  --Bp.  Burnet. 
 
  Syn:  To  disperse;  scatter;  dispel;  spend;  squander;  waste; 
  consume;  lavish. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dissipate 
  v  1:  to  cause  to  separate  and  go  in  different  directions,  of 
  crowds,  for  example;  "She  waved  her  hand  and  scattered 
  the  crows."  [syn:  {disperse},  {dispel},  {break  up},  {scatter}] 
  2:  move  away  from  each  other  "The  crowds  dispersed";  "The 
  children  scattered  in  all  directions  when  the  teacher 
  approached";  [syn:  {disperse},  {scatter},  {spread  out}] 
  3:  spend  frivolously  and  unwisely;  "Fritter  away  one's 
  inheritance"  [syn:  {fritter},  {frivol  away},  {shoot},  {fritter 
  away},  {fool},  {fool  away}] 




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