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English Dictionary: dissipate by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
dissipate
v
  1. to cause to separate and go in different directions; "She waved her hand and scattered the crowds"
    Synonym(s): disperse, dissipate, dispel, break up, scatter
  2. move away from each other; "The crowds dispersed"; "The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached";
    Synonym(s): disperse, dissipate, scatter, spread out
  3. spend frivolously and unwisely; "Fritter away one's inheritance"
    Synonym(s): fritter, frivol away, dissipate, shoot, fritter away, fool, fool away
  4. live a life of pleasure, especially with respect to alcoholic consumption
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.
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