dissolve
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /dɪˈzɒlv/
  • (GA) IPA: /dɪˈzɑlv/
Verb

dissolve (dissolves, present participle dissolving; past and past participle dissolved)

  1. (transitive) To terminate a union of multiple members actively, as by disbanding.
    Antonyms: establish, found
    The ruling party or coalition sometimes dissolves parliament early when the polls are favorable, hoping to reconvene with a larger majority.
  2. (transitive) To destroy, make disappear.
  3. (transitive) To liquify, melt into a fluid.
    Synonyms: melt, formelt
    • 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: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene ii]:
      as if the world were all dissolved to tears
  4. (intransitive) To be melted, changed into a fluid.
  5. (chemistry, transitive) To disintegrate chemically into a solution by immersion into a liquid or gas.
  6. (chemistry, intransitive) To be disintegrated by such immersion.
  7. (transitive) To disperse, drive apart a group of persons.
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The Merry VViues of VVindsor”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene v]:
      Nothing can dissolve us.
  8. (transitive) To break the continuity of; to disconnect; to loosen; to undo; to separate.
    • 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.
  9. (law, transitive) To annul; to rescind; to discharge or release.
    to dissolve an injunction
  10. (cinematography, intransitive) To shift from one shot to another by having the former fade out as the latter fades in.
    Synonyms: fade out
  11. (intransitive) To resolve itself as by dissolution.
  12. (obsolete) To solve; to clear up; to resolve.
    • ?, Alfred Tennyson, A Dream of Fair Women
      dissolved the mystery
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Daniel 5:16 ↗:
      Make interpretations and dissolve doubts.
  13. To relax by pleasure; to make powerless.
    • Angels dissolved in hallelujahs lie.
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dissolve (plural dissolves)

  1. (cinematography) a form of film punctuation in which there is a gradual transition from one scene to the next
    Synonyms: fade out
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