dissipate
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈdɪsɪpeɪt/
Verb

dissipate (dissipates, present participle dissipating; past and past participle dissipated)

  1. (transitive) To drive away, disperse.
    • I soon dissipated his fears.
    • The extreme tendency of civilization is to dissipate all intellectual energy.
  2. (transitive) To use up or waste; squander.
    • 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. (intransitive) To vanish by dispersion.
  4. (intransitive, colloquial, dated) To be dissolute in conduct.
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