Definitions for: Dissipate

[v] spend frivolously and unwisely; "Fritter away one's inheritance"
[v] move away from each other; "The crowds dispersed"; "The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached";
[v] to cause to separate and go in different directions, of crowds, for example; "She waved her hand and scattered the crows."
[v] live a life or pleasure, esp. with respect to alcoholic consumption

Webster (1913) Definition: 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

The vast wealth . . . was in three years dissipated.
--Bp. Burnet.

Syn: To disperse; scatter; dispel; spend; squander; waste;
consume; lavish.

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.

Synonyms: break up, dispel, disperse, fool, fool away, fritter, fritter away, frivol away, scatter, shoot, spread out

See Also: aerosolise, aerosolize, break, consume, deplete, disband, divide, eat, eat up, exhaust, live, part, run through, separate, split, squander, use up, volley, ware, waste, wipe out

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